Photo by Hye-Ryoung Min

 Photo by Hye-Ryoung Min

Represented by Kobalt Gallery

Jessica Brilli (b. Bayshore, NY 1977) has been drawing and painting since her childhood. Working in a style that encompasses American realism and 20th century graphic design aesthetics, Brilli’s paintings reveal the beauty in everyday scenes and objects.

Inspired by Kodachrome slides and generations-old photographs gathered from yard sales and basements across America, Brilli brings a contemporary eye to subjects often overlooked or forgotten. She sees her paintings as a way of giving renewed life to images that haven’t been seen in decades. Having had no direct experience with the images, the process of painting them takes on a different dimension for Brilli; like borrowing memories and elaborating, editing, or directing stories that intersect the knowledge and assumptions of two people who are strangers to each other.

Brilli earned her BFA in painting at the University of Rhode Island, and received a certificate in graphic design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, MA.  Brilli’s work has been recognized in numerous publications and respected internet based venues domestically and abroad. Her paintings have been featured in solo and group shows throughout New England, and most recently in South Korea where her work was featured on the cover of Heren Magazine in celebration of the publication’s 10th anniversary exhibition.

Exhibitions

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017      Upcoming: "Holiday", July 7–13, 2017
              Kobalt Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts

2017      Jessica Brilli: New Work, April 4–27.
              University of Rhode Island, Project Space, Kingston, Rhode Island

2015      Estia's American
              Darien, Connecticut

2014     "New Work" Walker-Cunningham Fine Art
             Sudbury, Massachusetts

2012    “Static,” Gutman Library
             Harvard University
             Cambridge, Massachusetts

2007    “Before 30,” Holyoke Center
             Harvard University
             Cambridge, Massachusetts

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016     Jessica Brilli, Daniel Fleming & Carlos Ramirez: “What's New With You”
              Kobalt Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts

2016     Heren Magazine's 10th Anniversary Exhibition March 9–13, 2016
             PKM Gallery
             Seoul, Korea

2015     2015 Biennial Exhibition
             New Hampshire Institute of Art
             Manchester, New Hampshire

2015     Jealously Curated
             Voltage Coffee and Art
             Cambridge, Massachusetts

2014     "Museum of Fine Arts Summer Auction"
             Boston, Massachusetts

2013     WGBH, Art Walk, 
             Quidley & Company Gallery
             Boston, Massachusetts

             WGBH, Art Auction

             Lincoln Motor Car, “Hello Again, Boston”
             Boston, Massachusetts

            “Everyday”
             Krause Gallery
             Providence, Rhode Island

2012    “101st Exhibition”
             Academy of Arts
             Mystic, Connecticut

            “CT+6”
             West Hartford Art League
             West Hartford, Connecticut

2010    “25 Emerging Boston Artists 2010”
             Boston, Massachusetts

2006    “30 Under 30,” Hera Gallery
             Wakefield, Rhode Island

2000    “Senior Show” 
              University of Rhode Island
              Kingston, Rhode Island

Publications

 

2016      Heren Magazine

2015      PPaper Magazine, Taiwan

              Revista Viernes, Chile

              Fresh Paint Magazine/December 2015

2013     Work Life 3, The Uppercase
             Directory of Illustration

            The Poetry Bus, Ireland

            Majascule

            The Moth Magazine

2011     Studio Visit Magazine

            Bike Art: Bicycles in Art around the World