I was born in 1959, raised in a home with movable walls designed by my father, an aspiring artist. The
fluidity of the modular arrangement captured my imagination. My mother, a kindergarten teacher
encouraged my constant building.
As a student I considered following my passion for stage design, but sought the more personal
expression of fine arts. I studied at the Pennsylvania Academy and settled into mixed media. I later began
to explore installation using the exhibition location as an essential part of the piece.
A life long resident of Pennsylvania, I’ve been in Philadelphia since 1984 with my husband Keith
Breitfeller. I began exhibiting with Vox Populi and remained an active member for 15 years. I’v also had
solo exhibits at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Sande Webster Gallery, Fleisher Challenge and recently in
Krems, Austria. I’ve been granted an Independence Foundation Fellowship and other awards.
My work expresses the ethos of an outsider, things are hidden or so obscured it is often difficult to know
what you are seeing. This outcome is very akin to my experience when I am making. I am vaguely aware
of a liquid consciousness, passing snippets of something dissolving and reforming, all just out of range of
knowing. It is this realm that directs my work.
Brian David Dennis