Wayne Edson Bryan was born in Mineola, New York in 1957. He studied at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He is known both for his conceptual diagrammatic approach to imagery as well as his work's aesthetic of heightened process and metaphorical content. His intricate paintings and collages are inspired by advertising, Folk Art, popular media, cultural traditions, and commercial icons. His artwork is in numerous public collections of major corporations, museums, public spaces, and in many private collections around the world. Mr. Bryan lives and works in Alexandria, Virginia.
Mr. Bryan has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships from prestigious national institutions, including: Mid-Atlantic/NEA Painting Fellowship, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Virginia Commission for the Arts First Place Prize and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship.
His works and exhibitions have been reviewed by international publications, including: Art in America, Washington Post, New Art Examiner and Contemporanea.
Wayne Edson Bryan's work has been exhibited at: American University Museum - Washington DC, Arlington Arts Center, Boca Raton Center for the Arts, Brody's Gallery - Washington DC, Cleveland Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Museum - Houston, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Daimaru Museum, Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, Gallery K - Washington DC, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center - Buffalo, Hand Workshop - Richmond, Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art, Honolulu Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art - Boston, International Museum of Modest Arts - Sete, Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, The Jakarta Arts Center, Kaoshiung Municipal Museum, Maryland Arts Place, McLean Project for the Arts, Meridian International Center - Washington DC, Mint Museum of Art, Mitsukoshi Museum of Art - Fukuoka, Museum of Fine Arts - Hanoi, Museum of Fine Arts - Ho Chi Minh City, New York Historical Society, The Painting Institute - Shanghai, Philbrook Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, Rockville Arts Place, San Jose Museum of Art, School 33 Art Center - Baltimore, Shin-kon Museum, The Singapore Museum of Art, Sogo Museum of Art - Yokohama, Taipei Municipal Museum, Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Tampa Museum, Tennessee State Museum, Washington Project for the Arts, and The Working People's Cultural Palace - Beijing.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
1999: Perfect/Defect, Gallery K, Washington, DC, October 1 - 30.
1998: WEB, Gallery K, Washington, DC, May 1 - 30.
1997: Top, Gallery K, Washington, DC, March 4 - 29.
1996: Purple Portion, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY, March 9 - April 20, curator: Sara Kellner.
1995: Win, Gallery K, Washington, DC, October 31 - November 25.
1995: Gold Diggers, Back Stabbers and Game Players: Ten Years of Creating Art Inside the Beltway, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, October 12 - November 13.
1993: The Purple Gang, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC, September 17 - November 20.
1991: Trickster, Brody's Gallery, Washington, DC, May 2 - 25.
1990: Paranoias, Brody's Gallery, Washington, DC, June 1 - 30.
1989: Beyond Language, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA, September 15 - October 28.
1988: New Works, Gallery 4, Alexandria, VA, January 23 - April 16.
1982: some more Silly Ritual Icons, Artist Alliance Gallery, Tampa, FL, October 15 - November 6.
1978: Fossils, USF University Center Art Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, November 13 - 17.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2010: CATALYST, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, November 9 - December 19, (catalog), curator: J. W. Mahoney.
2008: Collectors Select, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA, January 29 - March 29, (catalog), curators: Jeffry Cudlin and Philip Barlow.
2006: Remembering Marc & Komei, American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, January 18 - March 12, (catalog), curator: Jack Rasmussen.
2001: King Size, International Museum of Modest Arts, Sete, France, June 21 - October 31.
2000: Strictly Painting III, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA, June 8 - July 22, juror: Terrie Sultan.
2000: New American Paintings: Juried Exhibitions in Print, Number 27, The Open Studios Press, April - May, juror: Howard Fox.
1999-00: Outward Bound: American Art on the Brink of the 21st Century,Meridian International Center, Washington, DC, May 25 - July 11, Internationally traveled, (catalog), curators: Nancy Matthews, Bill Dunlap and Pamela Maslansky.
1996: ArtSites 96, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD, May 29 - July 27, (catalog), curator: Claudia Amory.
1994-98: Elvis + Marilyn: 2 X Immortal, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, November 2 - January 5, Internationally traveled, (catalog), curator: Wendy McDaris.
1994: Painting '94, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA, January 22 - March 5, juror: Donald Kuspit.
1992: WPA in the Hemicycle, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, June 5 - 28.
1991: Washington on the Edge: New Painters, Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, Danville, VA, January 12 - July 3, Traveled, (catalog), curator: Thomas W. Jones.
1991: Mid-Atlantic/NEA Regional Painting Fellowship Winners, Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters, New Brunswick, NJ, January 1 - December 31, Traveled.
1990: Options 1990, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC, January 4 - February 24, (catalog), curators: Jock Reynolds and Alan Prokop.
1990: Mixing It Up: Artist's Designs And Fashions, Rockville Arts Place, Rockville, MD, October 7 - November 10, curator: Alice Denney.
1980: Tampa Bay '80, Tampa Museum, Tampa, FL, July 1 - August 30, (catalog), juror: Graham W. J. Beal.
1979: Fourth Annual USF Juried Art Exhibition, USF Art Gallery, Tampa, FL, March 11 - April 7, juror: Jane Livingston.
1978-79: Souvenirs of Florida: The South Florida Silver Portfolio, USF Art Gallery, Tampa, FL, September 26 - January 30, Traveled, curator: David Yager.
1978: Third Annual USF Juried Art Exhibition, USF Art Gallery, February 20 - March 24, juror: Marcia Tucker.
1978: IBM Abstract Art Show, Boca Raton Center for the Arts, Boca Raton, FL, January 8 - February 3, juror: Janet Folsum.
SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS AND GRANTS
2001: Awarded Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship.
1999: Grant awarded by The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.
1994: Awarded commission to create art for Washington National Airport by architectural firm Cesar Pelli & Associates, Inc.
1989: Awarded commission by the Student Loan Marketing Association (Sallie Mae) to create art for their Washington, DC offices.
1989: Awarded First Place for Painting, Virginia Commission for the Arts Prizes for the Visual Arts.
1978: Awarded First Place Prize by Janet Folsum in IBM Abstract Art Show.
1977: Awarded Syd Solomon Scholarship.
1975: Awarded Boca Raton Center for the Arts Scholarship.
1974: Awarded First Place Prize in Florida State Fair Art Scholarship.
CATALYST: 35 Years of Washington Project for the Arts. Exhibition catalog. Forewords by Jack Rasmussen. Essays by J. W. Mahoney, Jock Reynolds, and Robin Moore. Copyright, 2010 Washington Project for the Arts.
Collectors Select. Exhibition catalog. Forewords by Claire Huschle and Jeffry Cudlin. Essays by Philip Barlow, Julian Fore, Philippa Hughes, Daniel Levinas, Heather & Tony Podesta and Henry Thaggert. Copyright, 2008 Arlington Arts Center.
P/D2: A New Strain. Exhibition catalog. Essay by Ferdinand Protzman. Copyright, 2002 Wayne Edson Bryan.
J. W. Mahoney. "Wayne Edson Bryan at Gallery K." Art in America,Volume 88 - Number 6 (June 2000): 130.
J. W. Mahoney. "The Capital of Nostalgia: Washington DC..." New Art Examiner, Volume 27 - Number 4 (December 1999 - January 2000): 30 - 35.
Ferdinand Protzman. "In the Sweet Buy and Buy." Washington Post,October 14, 1999, p. C5.
Outward Bound: American Art in the Brink of the 21st Century.Exhibition catalog. Text by Eric Gibson, Nancy Matthews, Bill Dunlap and Pamela Maslansky. Copyright, 1999 Meridian International Center.
Sue Allison. "Area Artists at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport." Washington Review, Volume XXIV - Number 3 (October - November 1998): 3 - 10.
George Howell. "Wayne Edson Bryan: WEB." Art Papers, Volume 22 - Number 5 (September - October 1998): 37 - 38.
Ferdinand Protzman. "WEB, a Show That Steps Out of Line."Washington Post, May 14, 1998, p. C5.
Benjamin Forgey. "Airport Art That Soars." Washington Post, February 1, 1998, p. G2.
Stephen May. "Strokes of Genius." Washington Flyer, Volume 8 - Number 6 (July - August 1997): cover, 28 - 29.
Ferdinand Protzman. "The New National - 10 Artworks You Shouldn't Miss..." Washington Post, July 16, 1997, p. F14 - F15.
Ferdinand Protzman. "Ulterior Motifs." Washington Post, March 15, 1997, p. H2.
Jean Lawlor Cohen. "Up To Old Tricks." Where/Washington, March 1997, p. 24.
Jacqueline Trescott. "Landing First-Class Art." Washington Post,June 18, 1996, p. B1 & B6.
John Dorsey. "Humor clearly has it's place..." Baltimore Sun, June 1, 1996, p. D1.
Richard Huntington. "All Together Now." The Buffalo News/Gusto,March 29, 1996, p. 35.
The Useful Art of Wayne Edson Bryan. Exhibition brochure. Text by Grant Samuelsen. Buffalo: Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 1996.
Ferdinand Protzman. "A Doubly Singular Vision." Washington Post, November 4, 1995, p. C2.
Jean Lawlor Cohen. "Pop Goes The Easel." Where/Washington, November 1995, p. 27.
Elvis + Marilyn: 2 X Immortal. Exhibition catalog. Text by Wendy McDaris, David Halberstam, Thomas McEviley, Geri DePaoli, Kate Millett, Bruce Heller, Alan C. Elms, Richard Martin, John D. Baskerville, Lucinda Ebersole and Gary Vikan. Copyright, 1994 Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. and DB&A Exhibition Management, Inc.
Lee Fleming. "Gallery K's Familiar New Faces." Washington Post, April 9, 1994, p. B2.
Anne J. Banks. "Three Exhibitions..." Washington Review, Volume XIX - Number 4 (December 1993 - January 1994): 23.
Lee Fleming. "Doug Brown and Wayne Bryan: Team Works."Washington Review, Volume 17 - Number 5 (February - March 1992): 3 - 7.
Washington on the Edge: New Painters. Exhibition catalog. Text by Thomas W. Jones. Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, 1991.
Ann Glenn Crowe. "Objects d'Art: Contemporary Folding Screens."Art Papers, Volume 15 - Number 1 (January - February 1991): 65.