Hebru Brantley draws influence from an array of pop culture icons, comic book heroes, Japanese anime and the bold aesthetics of street art pioneers Jean-Michel Basquiat, KAWS and Keith Haring. Brantley’s recent focus is to share energetic narratives— moments of reality from his life and the lives of his peers, mixed with fantastical fiction— to create a fragmented environment of make believe. Spray paint is often at the forefront of these mixed-media illustrations, working in part to de-contextualize the levity of cartoon imagery, and bring a critical edge into the white cube. Often highlighting injustices and social issues in his narratives, Hebru's playful aesthetic also explores the optimism and possibilities of youth.
Recognized nationally for public works and solo shows, Hebru Brantley has exhibited in Chicago, London, Geneva, San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami, Seattle, Los Angeles and New York including Art Basel Switzerland, Art Basel Miami, Scope NYC and Frieze London. He has collaborated with Cadillac, Adidas, Nike, Red Bull and Skyy Vodka, among others, and has a roster of clients including George Lucas, Jay-Z, LeBron James, Lupe Fiasco, Tyra Banks and Swizz Beats. His work has been featured in national and international magazines and newspapers, including Graffiti Arts Magazine, Ebony, Jet, New York Post, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, and Chicago Sun-Times. Brantley earned a B.A. in Film from Clark Atlanta University, and has a background in design and media illustration.
Vertical Gallery solo exhibitions:
June 2015, "Memoirs of the Minimum Wage"
February 2017, "EAT CRAP KING"