Brammell, Harrison


Harrison Brammell is a self-taught fine art photographer based in Aspen, Colorado. His passion for photography began at the age of 11, strongly influenced by his surroundings. He was raised in Nashville, Tennessee, a city known for its vibrant and progressive art and music scene, which is his largest influence as an artist. Harrison’s images are characterized by minimalism, reduction and simplicity. In his work he displays a clean and consistent language. More recently, as he progressed as an artist, he gained inspiration from the techniques and aesthetics of abstract expressionist painters and applied a new photographic medium to colorful paint works.



I have always been inspired by abstract expressionism since abstract works do not always present a clear and precise subject but still evoke a powerful statement. An important part of this inspiration are the colorfield works of Mark Rothko that demonstrate a strong emotional connection to color.  I am best known for my black and white and landscape photographs that display a very simplistic and clean style.  However, my passion lies in pushing the artistic boundaries of the traditional still-life photograph by applying a new medium to colorful abstract paint works.  To create this new application, I have developed a series which I have titled “Transitions”. I used the six primary colors to create six individual pieces. I selected dark black as the background color because it makes its own mysterious and transitional interactions with the primary colors. As the paint ‘transitions’ in each piece, it represents and symbolizes the contemplative and raw emotions that we all experience throughout our journeys in life. Each piece is unique and original depending on the flow and spread of the paint. The paint in some pieces is very clean and precise and in others is more random and scattered. Just as in life, not everything is as perfect and scripted as we would like, but sometimes it might be. From a distance the works might appear to be a painting, but when viewed up close we are able to see shadows, bubbles in the paint, and light fragments, all of which resemble the characteristics of a photograph. When developing a series such as “Transitions”, there needs to be more to the work than a simple paint presentation. This is why using a camera provides the perfect medium. It allows us to observe intimate details in the works that the naked eye simply cannot. This gives the works a three dimensional look and feel.



"212 Gallery" - Transitions -Aspen, Colorado June 1-31, 2016


"The Rymer Gallery"- Urban: Day and Night - Nashville, Tennessee, November 6 - December 4.


"Iris Gallery of Fine Art"- Icelandic landscapes- Aspen, Colorado, June 15 - July 31 - GROUP