Hebru Brantley is a Chicago based artist that has come to be recognized for his contemporary “Afrofuturism” style work. Progressing from graffiti and murals –Hebru’s now iconic pop-culture characters are centralized around a theme of color and hope. Multifaceted ideas that use oil, acrylic, and watercolor intersect with non-traditional mediums like sculptures or spinoff products.
Hebru Brantley’s art serves as a creative conduit to the youth of Chicago. The Chicago native did not study art in school and understands how frightening art or museums may seem to the inner city kid whose being exposed to a much different set of circumstances. Maybe that is why the artist uses bright inviting colors that peek interest.
The Compound got a chance to meet Hebru Brantley and experience his latest exhibit “Forced Field,” at the Elmhurst Art Museum in Chicago. The display was a colorful array of paintings, sculptures, prints, and offbeat objects that all somehow found a common thread.
Hebru’s most popular character, “Flyboy” is an avatar that symbolizes human resilience. He is depicted as an innocent youngster but the goggles and headgear show an underlying determination that is hard to forget.
One of our favorite demonstrations was this army of Flyboys that was gathered in an episodic drama filled scene.
Hebru Brantley’s art often imitates life but is signed with a message of peace and humanity.
Story By Alec Tavares
Photos By Set Free