Local artist paints for change

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“My religion is art, learning to see, learning to listen, learning to feel for my brother, all art is prayer, a road to truth!” local artist Brian Meyer wrote in his book of paintings and poems. 

Meyer is a local Lemon Grove resident, en plein air painter, and a poet. He paints the city scene surrounding him, connecting his art with words of poetry, speaking against hate and on religion and peace. 

“My religion is art, learning to see, learning to listen, learning to feel for my brother, all art is prayer, a road to truth!” local artist Brian Meyer wrote in his book of paintings and poems. 

Meyer is a local Lemon Grove resident, en plein air painter, and a poet. He paints the city scene surrounding him, connecting his art with words of poetry, speaking against hate and on religion and peace. 

In 2016, he released his book “Towers Between,” filled with a collection of art and poems that shows readers a personal connection between the world of art and the world around. 

“This book is in a way a way of remembering the last year, the end of my second year of seriously painting, and leaving both the Figure Drawing Program and the First Church of the Brethren,” Meyer said on the back of his book. 

Meyer paints the landscape of his surrounding San Diego area capturing jazz musicians, people in coffee shops, sunsets, various buildings, and even a posed nude figure drawing. He explained that it is his reaction to a world consumed with violence. 

He goes to local events, painting the happenings around him on scene. In 2017, he attended the Jazz Jam at Panama 66 where he painted the Jazz artists on scene and gave the musicians watercolor depictions of their performance. 

Meyer continues to use his art as a way to connect to his community. His paintings are real and simple. They give a warm and minimalistic feeling with a simple use of color as delegated by the surroundings of the painted scene. 

In 2014, Meyer wanted to capture the super moon as it hung over Lemon Grove. He states in the description of his painting Lemon Grove Church by Full Moon, “I painted this this en plein air at 10 p.m. using my lightened easel box. I wanted to capture the super moon over Lemon Grove.” 

Today, Meyer continues to paint for a reason, a connection, and an impact. From 6-10 p.m. on April 21 at the Misfit Gallery in La Jolla his newest exhibit, called “Protest: An American Tradition,” can be viewed. It is a group art expedition that is a mission for Syrian refugee relief and social justice. 

Meyer wrote, when announcing he will be showing his art in the exhibit on his Facebook page, “I invite you to join me to see a show celebrating the fight for social justice. These are not normal times, and art is needed now more than ever. This is all about arts (sic) power to effect change, and cross boundaries, and shine the light on darkness.” 

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