Kershisnik's work deals mainly with the human figure, less as a specific portrait, but rather as an archetype. His figures take on an ethereal, otherworldly quality, sometimes because of their apparent weightlessness, and at other times due to their quirky juxtapositions with other figures or props. There is often a narrative element to the work, as if the viewer has just walked in on the delivery of the punch line to a joke that had just been uttered out of earshot. Kershisnik's favorite themes tend to deal with family life and personal relationships. Though not overtly religious, some of his works have dealt with religious themes especially as they intersect family and personal relationships.
While many of his contemporaries looked elsewhere to establish their art careers, Brian focused on his Utah home. Though he now shows elsewhere and his works are in collections around the world, his home base of local collectors remains his most satisfying audience and his openings at David Ericson Fine Art in Salt Lake City and Meyer Gallery in Park City have an air of reunion and camaraderie. His studio is an old dance hall in Kanosh, Utah, though he now lives in the town of Provo.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting at Brigham Young University; Master of Fine Art in Printmaking at The University of Texas
Brian Kershisnik is the youngest of a happy and widely traveled family of sons. His father’s work as a petroleum geologist took them to various continents across the globe where his mother unfailingly set up a home filled with music, great food and active conversation, furnished with treasures and artifacts from their travels and hosting frequent parties and exotic slide shows of their globetrotting family life. Brian grew up happily dividing his time between his dad’s overseas assignments and summers spent wth cousins in Rock Springs, Wyoming, a friendly, curious kid and with no notion at all of what he wanted to be when he grew up. Though he drew often to entertain himself, it never occurred to him that people actually did that for a living. Finding himself unceremoniously graduated from high school after an emergency evacuation from Pakistan abruptly ended his senior year, he applied to the University of Utah where his brother was attending school.
Brigham Young University; University of Texas
Artist, Fine Artist
2013 Commissioned by the State of Utah Public Art Program with the University of Utah Virginia Tanner Dance Program and College of Education for two large paintings for the interior of the Beverly Taylor-Sorenson Complex for Dance and Education on the University of Utah Campus; 2013 Selected by the periodical 15 Bytes as one of Utah's 15 Most Influential Artists; 2011 Art in Embassies Program, US Embassy in Kuwait; 2010 Governor's Mansion Artist Award, Salt Lake City, UT; 2006 Award of Merit, Museum of Church History and Art