Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandon Hodges.
Hi Brandon, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
Thanks for having me! I’m from a small family of non-artists and was raised with a pretty basic suburban upbringing. I have created in some form for most of my life but it wasn’t until 2019 I started to take visual art seriously; before then, my primary focus was making music under the names, the Painted Road and Exactly Fine. Inspired by an article in the New Yorker (sadly can’t remember the artist), I started to collect trash in my neighborhood and bring it home, eventually gathering enough to start my first collage, transforming a Ross painting into “some city”. That piece opened up a new place that I had known was there but had never connected with, and was beginning of where I am today.
Throughout the pandemic, I continued to make collages and also picked up painting. With so much time to experiment and living alone (not completely, I have a dog and two cats), I was able to immerse myself in my work and art history. Creating was and continues to be a therapy, healing, and processing source. In all of my work, I am attempting to brighten the world with color, spark thought, curiosity, and inspiration to create whatever you feel is true to yourself. It’s also a reminder that we should never lose touch with our inner child.
Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I’m lucky that I found my style fairly quickly once I started creating seriously. I have had many challenges just based on not knowing myself, not having any skills to deal with my mental illnesses, or having a ton of confidence, all things I have spent the last few years working through in therapy. I am currently struggling to balance promoting myself while maintaining a healthy relationship with social media and between my work, business (my website/shop), and the rest of my life.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I mainly paint and am known for using bright colors, psychedelic work, and various creatures. I am also known for creating heavily textured collage work. I am most proud of my Nightmare Nursery series and my creature paintings. What sets me apart is that I am never out of touch with my inner child, I am a genetic anomaly (red hair/blue eyes/left-handed) and have a strong instinct for color and composition.
We love surprises, fun facts, and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
Being red haired and blue eyed makes me a rare genetic mutant…less than 2% of the global population has hair/eye combination.