Paul Brigham

Northern Mockingbirds

Northern Mockingbirds
Mixed Media on Canvas, 36 x 48, $5300

Prothonotary Warblers #5

Prothonotary Warblers #5
Mixed Media on Canvas, 30 x 30, $2800

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole
Mixed Media on Canvas, 24 x 18, $2150

Red-flanked Bluetails

Red-flanked Bluetails
Mixed Media on Canvas, 30 x 40, $4000

Belted Kingfishers #12

  Belted Kingfishers #12
Mixed Media on Canvas, 36 x 48

Eastern Bluebirds #8

  Eastern Bluebirds #8
Mixed Media on Canvas, 36 x 36

Yellow-throated Vireo

  Yellow-throated Vireo
Mixed Media on Canvas, 24 x 24

Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrows

  Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrows
Mixed Media on Canvas, 30 x 24

Belted Kingfishers #8

  Belted Kingfishers #8
Mixed Media, 36 x 48

Great Kiskadees

  Great Kiskadees
Mixed Media on Canvas, 40 x 40

Black-capped Chickadees #15

  Black-capped Chickadees #15
Mixed Media on Canvas, 30 x 24

Lapland Longspurs

  Lapland Longspurs
Mixed Media on Canvas, 30 x 48

American Goldfinches #14

  American Goldfinches #14
Mixed Media on Canvas, 36 x 36

Row Boat 4

  Row Boat 4
Mixed Media on Canvas, 24 x 24

Row Boats 1

  Row Boats 1
Mixed Media on Canvas, 24 x 24

Purple Finches #7

  Purple Finches #7
Mixed Media on Canvas, 30 x 48

Baltimore Orioles (Female)

  Baltimore Orioles (Female)
Mixed Media on Canvas, 36 x 48

Row Boats 2

  Row Boats 2
Mixed Media on Canvas, 24 x 24

Spot-breasted Orioles

  Spot-breasted Orioles
Mixed Media on Canvas, 30 x 40

Summer Tanagers #2

  Summer Tanagers #2
Mixed Media on Canvas, 20 x 20

Blue Jay (#2)

  Blue Jay (#2)
Mixed Media on Canvas, 30 x 24

Indigo Buntings #3

  Indigo Buntings #3
Mixed Media on Canvas, 20 x 20

Cedar Waxwings #12

  Cedar Waxwings #12
Mixed Media on Canvas, 40 x 30

Flowering Plum

  Flowering Plum
Mixed Media on Canvas, 36 x 48

Lotus Flower #2

  Lotus Flower #2
Mixed Media on Canvas, 40 x 40

Black Capped Chickadees #12

  Black Capped Chickadees #12
Mixed Media on Canvas, 20 x 20

Flowering Cherry #3

  Flowering Cherry #3
Mixed Media on Canvas, 30 x 24

Baltimore Orioles (#7)

  Baltimore Orioles (#7)
Mixed media on canvas, 36 x 48

Eastern Phoebe

  Eastern Phoebe
Mixed media on canvas, 30 x 24

Black-Throated Blue Warblers

  Black-Throated Blue Warblers
Mixed media on canvas, 30 x 40

American Goldfinches (#8)

  American Goldfinches (#8)
Mixed media on canvas, 40 x 30

Northern Cardinals (#8)

  Northern Cardinals (#8)
Mixed media on canvas, 30 x 40

American Goldfinches (#11)

  American Goldfinches (#11)
Mixed media on canvas, 40 x 30

Flowering Cherry #4

  Flowering Cherry #4
Mixed Media on Canvas, 30 x 24

Black-Capped Chickadees (#9)

  Black-Capped Chickadees (#9)
Mixed media on canvas, 40 x 30

Yellow Warblers 9

  Yellow Warblers 9
Mixed Media on Canvas, 30 x 24

Wilsons Warblers 4

  Wilsons Warblers 4
Mixed Media on Canvas, 30 x 24

Black-capped Chickadees (#11)

  Black-capped Chickadees (#11)
Mixed media on canvas, 36 x 36

Black Throated Green Warblers

  Black Throated Green Warblers
Mixed media on canvas, 30 x 24

Hooded Orioles (#3)

  Hooded Orioles (#3)
Mixed media on canvas, 30 x 48

American Goldfinches

  American Goldfinches
Mixed media on canvas, 30 x 40

Blue-gray Tanagers

  Blue-gray Tanagers
Mixed Media on Canvas, 36 x 48

Flowering Cherry

  Flowering Cherry
Mixed Media on Canvas, 30 x 48

Flowering Cherry #2

  Flowering Cherry #2
Mixed Media on Canvas, 30 x 48

Scarlet Tanagers (#4)

  Scarlet Tanagers (#4)
Mixed Media on Canvas, 30 x 48

Baltimore Orioles (#8)

  Baltimore Orioles (#8)
Mixed media on canvas, 36 x 60

Cardinals #4

  Cardinals #4
Mixed media on canvas, 30 x 24

Yellow Headed Blackbirds

  Yellow Headed Blackbirds
Mixed Media on Canvas, 40 x 30

Black Capped Chickadees

  Black Capped Chickadees
Mixed media on canvas, 30 x 24

Northern Mockingbirds thumbnail
Prothonotary Warblers #5 thumbnail
Baltimore Oriole thumbnail
Red-flanked Bluetails thumbnail
Belted Kingfishers #12 thumbnail
Eastern Bluebirds #8 thumbnail
Yellow-throated Vireo thumbnail
Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrows thumbnail
Belted Kingfishers #8 thumbnail
Great Kiskadees thumbnail
Black-capped Chickadees #15 thumbnail
Lapland Longspurs thumbnail
American Goldfinches #14 thumbnail
Row Boat 4 thumbnail
Row Boats 1 thumbnail
Purple Finches #7 thumbnail
Baltimore Orioles (Female) thumbnail
Row Boats 2 thumbnail
Spot-breasted Orioles thumbnail
Summer Tanagers #2 thumbnail
Blue Jay (#2) thumbnail
Indigo Buntings #3 thumbnail
Cedar Waxwings #12 thumbnail
Flowering Plum thumbnail
Lotus Flower #2 thumbnail
Black Capped Chickadees #12 thumbnail
Flowering Cherry #3 thumbnail
Baltimore Orioles (#7) thumbnail
Eastern Phoebe thumbnail
Black-Throated Blue Warblers thumbnail
American Goldfinches (#8) thumbnail
Northern Cardinals (#8) thumbnail
American Goldfinches (#11) thumbnail
Flowering Cherry #4 thumbnail
Black-Capped Chickadees (#9) thumbnail
Yellow Warblers 9 thumbnail
Wilsons Warblers 4 thumbnail
Black-capped Chickadees (#11) thumbnail
Black Throated Green Warblers thumbnail
Hooded Orioles (#3) thumbnail
American Goldfinches thumbnail
Blue-gray Tanagers thumbnail
Flowering Cherry thumbnail
Flowering Cherry #2 thumbnail
Scarlet Tanagers (#4) thumbnail
Baltimore Orioles (#8) thumbnail
Cardinals #4 thumbnail
Yellow Headed Blackbirds thumbnail
Black Capped Chickadees thumbnail

Artist Statement

Paul Brigham has spent a number of years reading Zen philosophy, practicing Tai Chi, and studying Asian art and aesthetics. He downplays his formal artistic training and cites as more influential the education received from his firsthand experience of nature. His recent paintings are inspired by the tradition of ukiyo-e, “the floating world”, specifically Japanese bird and flower prints. The challenge for Brigham has been to apply aspects of these traditions to his work in a way that respects but does not imitate them, and in a way that reflects his own experiences as a 21st Century painter living in California. To Brigham, the idea of the floating world describes the ephemeral and impermanent of our worldly existence.

Brigham’s technique consists of layering paint and silk-screened images and then using sandpaper to reveal elements from previous layer. This layering technique not only contributes to the depth and texture but also captures the effect of the transitory nature underlying everything and making them appear in a state of flux. The background Brigham has created reflects how the bird might see the world — it is serene and magical and the bird seems at home there.

One learns a landscape finally not knowing the name or identity of everything in it, but by perceiving the relationships in it — like that between the sparrow and the twig. — Barry Lopez, Crossing Open Ground