AM DeBrincat is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY whose work merges traditions of painting, digital and analog photography, and printmaking. DeBrincat was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area at a time when the area was transforming from a counter-culture creative hub into a center of the tech industry. That push-pull between creativity and technology echoes in her work in the way that she combines digital photography with traditional painting techniques.
DeBrincat ‘s paintings combine digital photographic collage with old masters’ oil painting techniques. DeBrincat appropriates photographs from disparate archives – historical portrait photography, family photos, commercial photography from contemporary ad campaigns, and selfies from social media – and arranges small sections of up to 50 found photos into a single, deceptively seamless photo collage. Using a mixed-media technique that combines colored pencil, acrylic painting, transfer printing, and oil painting, DeBrincat creates a hybrid image which transfers the photo collage onto canvas and interweaves digital photography with centuries-old painting techniques. From this delicate layering process emerge portraits that complicate the boundaries between the digital and the hand-wrought image, and which question the lines we draw between the digital world and “real life.”
DeBrincat’s work has been included in group exhibitions throughout the US and internationally, and in solo exhibitions throughout the US. Recent residencies and grants include residencies at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, The Wassaic Project, and Chashama, and grants from the Durst Foundation and the Deming Foundation.
DeBrincat received a BA in Spanish and English Literature from the University of Oregon, and received an MFA from Parsons the New School for Design.
Find out more about the artist www.amdebrincat.com