Brian Hanna was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Not a
traditional artist, Brian attended Oregon State University where in 1994
he obtained a degree
Construction Engineering Management. It was in 2012 when Brian decided to
combine his love of art, LEGOŽ bricks, and his construction knowledge
to create complex mosaics. Brian examines pop icons and everyday objects
in a nostalgic context, using images that inspire an emotional response
from the viewer. Brian is currently working on a number of pieces for his show at Shaffer
Fine Art Gallery in July 2019
My art is in numerous private and corporate
the Golden State Warriors, the Kuni Family and Virtual Supply INC
Designing and creating artwork initially began as a
therapeutic outlet but over the years has developed into an addictive
In the past seven years, I have created over 50 pieces, from Babe Ruth to
Marilyn Monroe. The inspiration for each piece can come from
a variety of sources usually a favorite memory of feeling.
I have always been interested in pop culture; music,
movies, sports, icons and nostalgia. It offers a fun escape from the
routine of everyday life.
Interesting people trigger in me an inner desire to share their depth. My
goal for each piece is to evoke a personal response, usually a smile, but
LEGOŽ bricks have always been a big part of my life, I
played with them extensively as a kid. They have beautiful, bright colors
that lend themselves
to interesting and vibrant art. I love the texture, and how they fit
neatly into squares.
A perfectionist by nature, each piece begins with a flat
photo, but slowly evolves into a three-dimensional, intriguing work of
art. The transformation of
bringing each to
life is a challenge that I crave. The process starts inside out, beginning
at the center of the face; the eyes, nose and mouth.
It might involve a
handful of colors,
but usually develops into many layers of tints and shades to ultimately
present a one-of-a-kind creation.
I order bricks from around the world and will stop at
nothing to find exactly the right colors. Once a piece is complete, it is
not uncommon for me to make
until I find the perfect blend and shape. What I see when I stand back can
look completely different to me with the swap of just a few bricks
Many contemporary artists inspire me. Originally it was
Andy Warhol, and then as I expanded my knowledgebase, learned to admire
Shepard Fairey and John Stangos work. Its fascinating to study the
nuances of other artists. I look forward to continuing to
inspiring others and being a positive influence in the world of art.