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Brian Barneclo
Brian Barneclo

Brian Barneclo

San Francisco, CA

Brian Barneclo (b. 1972 Indianapolis IN) - is a San Francisco based fine artist and muralist. Barneclo is credited with creating the largest mural in the San Francisco Bay Area, “Systems” (2011) which comes in at 600 feet long and 40 feet high. He was raised in Indianapolis and studied fine arts and art history at Indiana University (BA 1995). Drawn to San Francisco by its cultural legacy of innovation and creativity (ie., Beat, Hippie, Punk, Skate culture), he has since found the distinct and interwoven neighborhoods to have had the greatest influence on his work. He describes himself as a “sign painter gone rogue” when explaining his approach- a graphic style born in letterform but with far reaching influences from all sectors of culture. From large scale to small, it is likely to see his sensibilities adjust based on the context in which he is working, whether it be studio, street or storefront. His style, however, remains unmistakeable.

Time-Lapse Of A Muralist's Creativity

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What is your favorite material to work with?

"House paint because it is so readily available."
-- Brian Barneclo
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"I would prefer they jump up, do the splits, spin and kiss the sky. But if their lips merely curl up, slightly at each end, that would be totally acceptable."
-- Brian Barneclo
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What motivates and inspires you?

"New combinations and unlikely pairings."
-- Brian Barneclo
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What makes a space special?

"Depth and simplicity."
-- Brian Barneclo
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What’s unique about your work?

"When I’m painting in the studio I start with what’s familiar and then reach beyond that into the unknown. That’s where the magic is. I play with letterform. The figure/ground relationship may give rise to a narrative and from there it morphs into another aspect, and so on. It becomes a living language of it’s own making. In the end, it's the feeling that's most important."
-- Brian Barneclo
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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"A piece comes to life when the original intent has exhausted itself and peeled away revealing the true gift of the creation."
-- Brian Barneclo
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