Brian McPartlon (Schenectady, New York, 1948) attended the School of Visual Arts in New York. He frequented famed counterculture places, associated with influential artists and activists and participated in Vietnam War protests; these events brought a connection to a creative world unlike any he had learned in school.
McPartlon then moved to California to attend the San Francisco Art Institute.
After graduation in 1973, McPartlon rented studio space in San Francisco and with artist friends from the evolving South of Market art scene put together well-attended impromptu art shows at 63 Bluxome gallery. Personal challenges then pulled his attention elsewhere and after some years, he refocused his creative energies in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He and his brother Kevin started McPartlon Roofing, an ongoing successful roofing business.
A supporter of the arts in Santa Fe for the past 40 years as a fundraiser, curator and exhibit producer, McPartlon continued painting every day. His 2021 solo exhibit The Shape of Color at Pie Projects in Santa Fe was a curated selection of McPartlon’s recent work. Press includes LandEscape Art Review, London, UK; Magazine 43/Berlin, Hong Kong, Manila; and Pasatiempo/Santa Fe New Mexican. He is now working on a new series of large paintings whose focus is preternatural.