Brian Alfred (b. 2 December 1974, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a painter in Brooklyn, New York, who specialises in depictions of banal, urban spaces. Alfred is represented by Haunch of Venison New York/London/Zurich/Berlin, Studio La Citta Verona, and SCAI the Bathhouse Tokyo. His work consists of collages, paintings, and digital animations.
Alfred received his BFA from Penn State University and his MFA from Yale University. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting in Maine. He has had solo shows at Haunch of Venison, Mary Boone Gallery, SCAI the Bathhouse, Sandroni Rey Gallery, Max Protetch Gallery amongst others. His first museum survey show was held at the Phoenix Art Museum in 2004. He has also shown in museum shows at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Den Frie Udstillingsbygning in Copenhagen, the Palazzo delle Papesse in Sienna, Italy, the Shizuoka Prefecture Museum of Art in Shizuoka, Japan, the Contemporary Art Center Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio and Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany among others.
His animation Help Me was featured on the Times Square NBC Astrovision screen as part of Creative Time's 59th Minute. Other animations have been shown in film festivals worldwide, like the OneDotZero fest, Art Film at Art Basel, Eyebeam, and other venues.
A documentary about the Alfred, called ArtFlick 001, was featured at the Sundance Film Festival.
Alfred is in the collection of museums including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, the Denver Art Museum, Colorado, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York, the Phoenix Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia, Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey and the Orange County Museum of Art, California.
His awards include the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award, the Penn State Alumni Achievement Award, the New York Foundation of the Arts Inspiration Award and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.
He was in a band called 33.3 which released two albums on Aesthetics Records in Chicago.
- phxart.org, accessed September 21, 2007.
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