His 'Million Charming Creatures'
Mixed-media artist Ben Brough will share his recent collection, "A Million Charming Creatures," Saturday through Aug. 26 at the 210 AR4T Space, 210 N. Coast Hwy.
The opening event will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. and will also feature a bluesy rock performance by Dano Forte's Juke Joint Freak Show, who will play again at First Thursday's Art Walk.
A title inspired by a "charming creature" that lies within the poetry of the legendary Jim Morrison, Brough's colorfully abstract works illustrate characters' moments in everyday life, from the chaotic to the peaceful, and everything in between.
He layers acrylic, pen, chalk, crayon, spray paint, oil and sometimes food like beets, coffee or Guinness beer.
"The beauty of the [artistic experience] to me is the crude, childlike approach," the self-taught artist said in a statement. "Painting in this raw and messy way keeps the spirit alive.