Bret Brown is a California based painter/illustrator that works mostly in mixed media (acrylic, oil, collage, photo-transfer, found object, graphite, ink, spray paint). HIs work is symbolic, abstract and at times playful. 

As a California native, Bret is heavily influenced by the Southern Californian pop, surf, punk, and skate cultures. Especially those that developed during the 80's and 90's. Although his illustrative work is narative in style, his paintings are mostly personal, emotional, process oriented, and psychological. Both are influenced by the Buddhist concepts of scale invariance, samsara, impermanence, and interconnectedness and he combines personal, social, religious, and humanistic themes.




1994 BA Fine Art/Painting and Drawing, Western State University of Colorado, CO

2007 MA Clinical Psychology, Antioch Universtiy, CA



2016 Surfrider Foundation Waste-Less at Volcom Headquarters, Costa Mesa, CA

2016 Skateboard Art Show, Lucky Llama, Carpenteria, CA

2016 Hey Suburbia, F+Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

2016 Spring Extravaganza, Bunker, San Luis Obispo, CA


2015 Savages, Steynberg Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA

2015 Hang Ten, Good Eye Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2015 The Skate, PMA Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA

2015 Spring Spectacular, Bunker, San Luis Obispo, CA

2015 Solo Exhibit, Sans Liege, Pismo Beach, CA

2015 Eat Your Heart Out Juried Exhibit(Artisan Award),Studios, Paso Robles, CA


2014 Holiday Show, Bunker, San Luis Obispo, CA

2014 Art and Nature Exhibit, Artists Republic, Laguna Beach, CA

2014 Get Art, Siren Studio Orange, Hollywood, CA

2014 138 Skulls, Casita del Peublo, Whittier, CA

2014 Coaster Show, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA

2014 Solo Exhibit, Sally Loos, San Luis Obispo, CA

2014 Double Exposure, F+Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

2014 Solo Exhibit, Second Press, Paso Robles, CA

2014 3rd Annual Group Show, Vale Fine Art, Paso Robles, CA

2014 Slide Show, F+Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

2014 Savages, Fiasco Gallery, Paso Robles, CA

2014 Belly of the Whale (Solo), Linnea’s, San Luis Obispo, CA


2013 Straight out of Whoville, Artists Republic, Laguna Beach, CA

2013 Smile You Son of a Bitch, Hero Complex Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2013 All At Sea, The Arts at Marks Garage, Honolulu, HI





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