Featured Artist Brian Sholdt

Artist Brian Sholdt presents a portfolio of carefully layered, multifaceted acrylic paintings inspired by music. Enjoy his work and visit his website to see more.


Abstract acrylic painting by Brian Sholdt

“Last Call” Acrylic on Canvas, 18″ x 18″


As a kid, I gained attention by making art, dancing and walking on my hands; things my brother and sister didn’t do. I was odd. My interests were piqued by my emotional responses elicited by people dancing, circus performers and color. A kaleidoscope world of freaks and eye candy.


Abstract acrylic painting by Brian Sholdt

“Carni Crush” Acrylic on Canvas, 22″ x 28″


I can honestly say there isn’t a color I don’t like, but my favorite colors are blue. Colors used in portraying a particular context create the perception for the psychological setting.


Abstract acrylic painting by Brian Sholdt

“Liquid Spirit” Acrylic on Canvas, 60″ x 48″


I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, When I was fourteen, I worked for my grandfather at his jewelry shop learning how to design and manufacture jewelry. Making those small wearable works of art in the surrounding landscape led me to create multifaceted paintings with gauzy interwoven swipes. Then, I used precision tools like pencils and pens. Now, I use catalyst wedges and brushes to create visceral surfaces that I dig into and manipulate until they shine.


abstract acrylic painting by Brian Sholdt

“Sure Thing” Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 36″


I majored in painting at Western Washington University. College was over in a blink. I didn’t feel like I had the confidence to be an artist at twenty-three, so I took the road of least resistance and went back to work at the jewelry shop. It was a choice that took me on a thirty-year journey of bringing art to the world of jewelry.


Abstract acrylic painting by Brian Sholdt

“Vanishing Gardens” Acrylic on Canvas, 30″ x 30″


Along the way, I became the owner and helped the business gain national notoriety. In 2017, I passed Sholdt Jewelry on to my brilliant daughter and took the next big step toward reclaiming my passion in the fine art world.


Abstract acrylic painting by Brian Sholdt

“Sanctuary” Acrylic on Canvas, 22″ x 28″


My early theatrical experiences and later entrepreneurial experiences informed the structure and rigor of my studio practice today. I begin the morning with music and then move to improvised painting—less conscious, full body, loose strokes on canvas. I can’t imagine my ability to create without the shared language between visual art and music.


Abstract acrylic painting by Brian Sholdt

“Shackled” Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 36″


In the afternoon, I go for a run before returning to the canvas with more specific mark making. Pieces come together to create vignettes or scenes pervading the composition. The painting evolves as these scenes are layered to create a visually balanced script.


Abstract acrylic painting by Brian Sholdt

“Blue Zoo” Acrylic on Canvas, 40″ x 40″


The idea of living as a mortal vessel and challenging my limitations is particularly gratifying. This consideration seems to be a good reason to get up and kick ass every day. I choose to be enlightened through work and play.


Abstract acrylic painting by Brian Sholdt

“This End Up” Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 36″


Experimentation allows me to discover resolve by creating compelling compositions. I work through flaws to find harmony, which is my motive as an artist and as a human being.


Artist Brian Sholdt in his studio

Artist Brian Sholdt in his studio


This next phase in my life is dedicated to being an artist. It is supported by my family and friends and a lateral move away from the city to the bucolic town of Twisp, Washington. This proverbial road has finally led me back to my first love of making art. Sometimes I kick myself for not committing to art sooner, but one must experiment with unfounded ideas to bring them into the light.


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