The End Is Near Gallery is a natural extension of a professional philosophy that holds artistic excellence and exceptional craftsmanship in high regard. The gallery showcases both emerging artists and those that have established themselves as aesthetic pioneers in their field. The art is curated with a mind to arresting or inspiring imagery and exemplary technique. We often host an opening night event to celebrate new installations of work; see below for information regarding both current and past shows. Click to see more examples! The gallery is open daily from 12-10pm at 465 7th Ave. Brooklyn, NY.
A self taught artist, Nikki Willsey showed early talent as an illustrator with an eye for the mystical and surreal. Her work strikes the senses immediately, sometimes viscerally, and manages to take up residence in the viewer’s psyche. While her technical skill and attention to detail is immediately evident, there often seems to be something lurking just beneath the surface which breathes life into her ghostly images. Mutant freak-show creatures seem somehow coquettish. Whether it be decaying birds on the forest floor or spectral relics of history, she encourages us to go beyond our fears and habitual associations to appreciate all aspects of nature, even those things often viewed as ominous. Focusing on images that seem weathered and discarded, she creates the impression of forgotten objects stumbled upon in a musty attic, dusted off and reawakened. Equally provocative and consoling, Nikki’s work well represents her personality, never looking to assert her vision of the world, but instead subtly asking that we not shy away from those apparitions attempting to breach the penumbra, in turn encouraging us to develop visions of our own.
Seamus Liam O’Brien is a fine artist, illustrator, and sign painter based in Brooklyn, New York. His artwork, which has been exhibited throughout the United States, is inspired by his life experiences in the theater, and he often times incorporates these elements into his own paintings, drawings, installations, and performances.
Mr. O’Brien spent his formative years performing with his family in circuses throughout the United States, including the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus and the Clyde Beatty Cole Bros Circus. When his family retired from the stage and settled in Central Florida, Liam continued to perform, but this time as a costumed character at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
For over ten years Mr. O’Brien worked as a scenic artist and painted sets and backdrops for various amusement parks, retail stores, and theaters. Select projects include: M&M Museum (Las Vegas, Nevada), Jurassic Park River Ride at Universal Studio’s Islands of Adventure (Orlando, FL), Houston Grand Opera’s production of Salsipuedes (Houston, TX), and Bergdorf Goodman (New York, NY).
Since arriving in New York Liam has traveled the world working with fine artists as a production manager. Artists include: Takashi Murakami, Mickalene Thomas, and Michael Riedel.
Born in Winter Park, Florida, Mr. O’Brien received his Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Drawing from The University of Florida and his Master of Fine Art degree in Printmaking from The Ohio State University.
My artwork objectifies the lifelike facades and childlike ambiance reflected in popular entertainment institutions. My experiences growing up in the circus and working in the scenic arts, businesses that specialize in the cultivation of staged ‘realities,’ has left me with a mixed sense of apprehension and affection. These facades, in some respects… are my reality.
My work highlights this entangled affiliation with faux authenticity and reflects upon the psychology that these exaggerated experiences provide.
Geoffrey Harrison is a contemporary figurative artist living and working in London, UK. He mostly paints and draws, but also makes three-dimensional work as well. This series of work is inspired by a childhood as a son of Medical Illustrators, surrounded by anatomical specimens. He incorporates ideas of the body as vessel for ‘self’ and the problematic boundaries of this in contrast to the ‘other’, in other words, everyone and everything else. This ‘philosophical anatomy’ incorporates symbolism and metaphors about death and life.
Upon completing a BA in Printmaking from the School of Fine Art in Hull, he lived in Japan for several years before returning to the UK to undertake an MA at the University of London. Harrison was Artist in Residence at Barts Pathology Museum, London in 2012-13. He is currently working on a Leverhulme Trust-funded residency at the Royal Veterinary College in London.
More of his work can be seen on his website: www.geoffreyharrison.co.uk
Jason Hadley was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma in a house full of artists, musicians and maniacs. He spent most of his childhood in and around the University of Oklahoma art department where his dad was a professor.
In 1989 Hadley moved to Los Angeles and started working in film doing props and set decoration. A year later he was playing in a very strange performance art band called Woodpussy and pulling pranks with the L.A. Cacophony Society. A more serious focus on visual art followed and he has been actively showing since 2001 in Los Angeles at MorYork Gallery, The Hive, Create Fixate, Cannibal Flower, Blue Space and Art Slave Gallery.
Other shows include The Hive’s satellite gallery at Art Basel Miami in 2010 and Santa Barbara’s Sullivan Goss Gallery.
Jon MacNair was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in the suburbs of southeast Michigan where he developed a love of drawing. After many years of having people tell him, “You should be an artist,” he decided to attend The Maryland Institute College of Art where he earned a Bachelors of Fine Art in illustration. These days Jon can be found doing freelance illustration for many editorial publications. He has also enjoyed success with his fine art, having shown work in galleries across the country.
Gabrielle Hague is a ceramicist, painter and scratchboard artist based out of Brooklyn, New York. Despite an education rooted in Psychology, a fair amount of her time these days is spent exploring her favorite creative outlets and discovering new ones. Fairly recently, her focus has shifted from creating in the third dimension with clay to the unforgiving medium of the scratchboard. Her gold scratchboards are inspired by science fiction and folklore, and often serve as a simple reflection on a specific personal moment in time.
Abandoned on the steps of a Baptist Church in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, Gin Stevens Art career was born. Gin has been influenced by the deep southern culture that had surrounded him at an early age. Upon turning seventeen he took the Greyhound north for Chicago carrying with him dreams of enrolling at The Art Institute of Chicago. Where he soon found out that school was not for him and opted for the punk rock theory of doing it yourself.
His work has echoes of certain literary and musical archetypes: the visionaries and hucksters that populate Flannery O’ Connor’s Gothic southern landscape or the fevered imaginations that drive Faulkner’s characters, along with the songs of early Delta Blues musicians such as Charley Patton or Son House. The work is done all on scratchboard a primitive style of etching. Here he captures the mood of the dark and mysterious history of the south with haunting beauty.
Gin now resides in Los Angeles where he has been creating work for private commission and exhibiting for the past several years at galleries such as the world famous La Luz De Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, Californa.
Erin M. Riley:
In an October 27th, 2011 post on Amusing Yarns, the blogger writes about Erin’s work:
“Riley’s tapestries, in a modern-day twist of this theme, depict young women offering sexual imagery of themselves, but unlike Philomela, who sacrifices what is left of her modesty to tell the tale of her suffering with the view of getting justice, the young women in Riley’s tapestries appear to have sacrificed their modesty without any coercion and with very little care for the potential fallout. In some ways, I see Riley’s hand-woven tapestries as a proxy for these girls, giving voice to an unconscious victim. Riley weaves her sorrow, her rage, and her accusation into the work and perhaps she directs her response to both the young women who blindly participate in their own objectification and the male-centric culture which encourages them. The work is simultaneously sad and funny, protective and accusatory. In short, Riley’s tapestries reveal that uncomfortable disconnect between the feminine and female sexuality, forcing the viewer to consider the validity of such notions.”
Joseph Kurhajec is a Wisconsin-born sculptor currently living in France. Kurhajec’s international exhibitions began in the early 1960s with the Allan Stone Gallery, New York; Galleria Etrusculudens Rome, Italy; Art 6’75, Basel, Switzerland; “Ten Independents”, Guggenheim Museum; Gallery Alexander Monet, Brussels, Belgium; Galerie Caroline Corre, Paris, France; The Chech Museum of Fine Art, Czech Republic, Gallery Pelegro, New Orleans, LA; and Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY. The Whitney Museum of American Art exhibited Kurhajec’s sculpture in the 1964 Annual Exhibition and in “Young America 1965″. *(http://rogallery.com/Kurhajec_Joseph/Kurhajec-Bio.html)
Jeff Christensen: “I’ve always wanted to be an artist even when I was a kid. I was born in Seattle, Washington and I’ve been living in Utah since I was 8 years old. As a youngster I loved coloring and drawing. When I was about 10 years old I started being inspired by Imagery from album covers, cartoons, and various artist works I admired.
When I come up with ideas I tend to let my imagination run wild. I draw whatever ideas I get sometimes 3 or 4 times until I think their good. My inspiration comes from listening to music mostly.
I have been lucky enough to show my paintings with many really great artists throughout the years and work with some outstanding galleries as well as on the internet. I hope you enjoy my work as much as I’ve enjoyed making it.”
Bryn Perrot: “My mind does not wander when I carve; I make for purpose, not from artistic representation. I have focus when I work, which is a relief from my otherwise scattered thoughts. Carving feels like real work: something is being physically accomplished. Each cut made gets me closer to the next image within the larger scene. I simply like making a good image, a strong image. I started getting tattooed seven years ago and started working in a tattoo shop fours years ago. I have since become increasingly interested in the aesthetic and history of tattoo images because of the simplicity and directness those images convey to even the briefest of glances. Which is why I reference heavily from tattoo history; I’m trying to present these images in an equally strong but new context. Essentially I want to pay homage to those references and influences, to the history of an industry built on real work. That, and to always revamp these icons without tiring them out.
Anna Sea was born in Chicago to a mid-western father of German descent and an Austrian mother, and grew up on the North-East Coast. She has lived and worked predominantly in Connecticut, Austria, Boston, and New York City, and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, and Central and South America. She presently lives with the tattooer and musician Craig Rodriguez, and their son and daughter, on an old farmstead in the Catskills, and in Brooklyn, New York. In Brooklyn, they own and operate Hand of Glory Tattoo Studio and The End Is Near (gallery, tattoo, piercing, and jewelry studio).
Anna has been drawing and painting her whole life, since an early age illustrating the layers of identity and human experience through the lens of her own life. Her art techniques include and often blend painting, stained glass, embroidery, wood work, and poetry. She co-founded three businesses, speaks German, shoots thousands of photographs and a Colt .45, chops wood like a man, is a hack cabinet maker, developed and operates a mini-hotel in Brooklyn, raises two children, has a justified obsession with food, cares for 30 or so egg-laying chickens and other animals destined to be food on the table, and administers a website called Freer Hollow Family Lab. In between and around all this, she is also an artist and painter, making astonishingly detailed and thoughtful paintings.
Joe Coleman: “Grace, delicacy, passion, and cruel self-obsession explodes and devours itself on the jewel-like surface of Anna Sea’s beautiful autobiographical songs in paint.”
Norbert Kox: “Anna Sea is one of my favorite artists. With her exquisite technique, she stands among the great masters of our time.”
Galleries / Shows
La Luz de Jesus (Los Angeles), Ann Nathan Gallery (Chicago), American Visionary Art Museum (Baltimore), Lucky 13 Saloon (New York), Art Gotham (New York), Front Room Gallery (New York), Future Prospects Art Space (Philippines), Trampoline House (New York), Fuse Gallery (New York), Williamsburg Art and Historical Center (New York), Cambridge Art Association (Cambridge, MA), Pleiades Gallery (New York), Attleboro Museum (Attleboro, MA), Limner Gallery (New York), ISB Gallery, RISD (Rhode Island), Giant Robot (New York), The End Is Near (New York), Nancy Margolis Gallery (New York). Her work has been printed in publications such as Direct Art, Juxtapoz, and Maxim.
Tony Fitzpatrick is an artist, poet, and actor whose artwork can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the National Museum of American Art in Washington D.C., the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
His recent exhibitions include solo shows in New York City’s P.S.1 – MoMA and Pierogi Gallery in 2007 and in the Sidney Yates Gallery of the Chicago Cultural Center in 2008. In the same year his work was also shown at the First Biennial in New Orleans at Prospect One. In 2009 he has had one-person exhibitions in New York City at Dieu Donne, in New Orleans at Ammo Gallery, in Illinois at the Rockford College Museum, in Austin at Slugfest Gallery, and in Los Angeles at Billy Shire Fine Arts. In January of 2010 he will be exhibiting new work at Pierogi Gallery in New York City.
His work has also appeared on album covers including The Neville Brothers’ Yellow Moon and Steve Earle’s El Corazon and The Revolution Starts Now.
Tony has made a living as a radio personality, construction worker, and as a film, stage and television actor. He has appeared in 15 major motion pictures including The Fugitive, Married to the Mob, Mad Dog and Glory, and Philadephia. Recently he appeared in The Promotion directed by Steven Conrad. In 1991, Tony earned the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor in Prop Theater’s production of Mass Murder. In the summer of 2003, Tony starred in Lookingglass Theatre’s inaugural production of Race, an adaptation of a Studs Terkel novel directed by David Schwimmer.
Tony has published seven books including three collections of art and poetry: The Hard Angels (1988), Dirty Boulevard (1998) and Bum Town (2001); a collection of etchings entitled Tony Fitzpatrick: Max and Gaby’s Alphabet (2001) and three collections of drawing-collages entitled, The Wonder: Portraits of a Remembered City, Volume 1 (2005), The Wonder: Portraits of a Remembered City, Volume 2, The Dream City (2006), and The Wonder: Portraits of a Remembered City, City of Monsters, City of Ghosts (2008).