Carl and Sandra Bryant, a self-educated artist team, began glass mosaic work in 2001 after many years of oil painting and creating hand made tile. They collaborate on the design and piece each work of art together. Mosaics are graffiti resistant, versatile and can be applied to so many dimensions; indoor and outdoor murals, sculpture, fine art, wallpaper, backsplashes, fireplaces, mirrors, park benches and whatever else your imagination comes up with. The possibilities are endless.
Selected projects, publications and exhibitions:
Nelson Elementary School, Graham, Washington: Commission received from the Washington State Percent for Arts program to create a 235 square foot mural completed in the fall of 2011.
St. Francis High School elevator mosaic mural: Garden elevator mural for the St. Francis High School in Wheaton, IL completed in July 2011.
Providence Hospital Triptych: Commission to create artwork for the new construction of Providence Hospital in Everett, Washington, installed summer 2011.
Raven Rocks Gallery: Whidbey Island: Gallery exhibitions November and December 2010 and 2011.
Whidbey Island Naval Sea Base Community Center: 35” x 55” mural of the Whidbey Growler and the historic PBY aircraft for the Whidbey Sea Base Community Center Summer 2010
Constructioneer LLC: Kilauea, HI 250 square foot wall mural and 100 square feet of mosaic floor – Adventureland forest glass mosaic mural for a private bathroom. Work for hire done according to specific dimensions and general outline determined by Constructioneer LLC.
Missouri Department of Transportation: Public commission awarded after a national competition to produce 430 square feet of mosaic mural for the Missouri Tourism Welcome Center in Eagleville, MO completed September, 2009.
Art of Tesserae: Juried mosaic art exhibition 2nd City Council, Long Beach, CA June-August 2009 for Gelato and Nightmusic
ASID Orange County Design House 2009: Created the 50 ft mosaic mural backsplash and bar surround in conjunction with Frank Pittman and The Last Layer, Irvine, CA.
Mosaic Arts International: Museum of Man, San Diego, CA Feb 27, 2009 – April 26, 2009 International juried mosaic exhibition for the Manchurian Cranes. This work was used as the banner advertising for the show by the Museum of Man.
The work we create as a team, although different in aspect, shares a focus on relationship. We celebrate relationships between humanity and our environment, our human connections, how our experiences intertwine, our feelings over time and of the moment. It is our goal to engage the viewer in this connection, to look up close at the small pieces and step back for a view of the whole.
As an artist team, we individually contribute special design abilities, both abstract and more representational styles, while collaborating on the spirit and the construction of each piece. We work on a number of site specific commissions, and the decisions we make regarding technique and materials can often relate to the environment that will house the work. When working on our fine art, we will consciously make a decision at the onset as to whether we are developing a theme, or if we will be experimenting with new materials.
Mosaics as an art form, inspires constant growth, patience and the ability to push the boundaries of what is expected. It is our goal to constantly grow and evolve in our choice of materials, our methods and artistic views, to further the recognition of mosaics as true fine art. Our goal is to create at least one large mural each year, to expand the footprint onto building walls, floors and eventually ceilings. We find that the larger work broadens the experience, taking the small details to a new level. There really are no limits.