Los Angeles native Dennis Bredow examines, celebrates, and questions the tireless optimism of mid-twentieth century America in his retro-modern artwork. Using acrylic, serigraphy, and found object assemblage, he creates beautifully handcrafted pieces which bear the hallmarks of 1950's craftsmanship and graphic design – inviting the viewer into a conversation about the idealism of post-war America. By observing the imagery and messaging of the era through a modern day lens, his work seeks to expose the tension between appearance and reality.
Abandoning traditional canvas in favor of solid birch panels allows for heavy distressing of the paint as well as the application of vintage advertisements, hardware, and other found materials. The application of multiple layers of distressed paint and ephemera gives each piece a unique narrative of process and history, while a pristine coat of resin instills each painting with a sense of permanence.
Dennis secured his first advertising agency internship at the age of 15. After studying illustration and graphic design at California State University Fullerton, he transitioned to full-time advertising. He spent nearly two decades in the advertising and film industries before turning his attention to his own work.
Dennis currently lives and paints in Los Angeles, CA.