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This body of work stems from a visual diary recreating his grandmother's flight through Europe to escape the pogroms in Romania in 1913. Brandes work has since developed into a series of elaborate visual fictions in various forms, from small scruffy paintings to vast highly detailed drawings on unexpected surfaces (like used floor vinyl or straight onto the gallery wall), which interweave this history with his own experience and invention.

Using the pictorial language of European fairytales, American comics and 1960's Czechoslovakian animation, Stephen Brandes fantastical, dysfunctional landscapes suggest the imagined places of history and fairytales, but from a distinctly suburban viewpoint. Stephen Brandes will represent Ireland at the Venice Biennale 2005 as part of the Irish Pavillion.


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Stephen Brandes "Travelogue"
Paintings and Drawings