Behind a recording studio a few blocks from both the Batman building and an active methadone clinic, prolific low brow artist Jeff Bertrand is painting again- which is no surprise. Really the moments Jeff isn't creating are a lot more rare. When he isn't painting he is artistically sculpting heads of hair as a master barber, or organizing art shows and the Free Art Movement Nashville drops around the city and beyond. Jeff and his wife Myka are fully immersed in Nashville art & pop culture, and I have loved being able to call them friends in my time in Tennessee. Jeff was a large part of most of the group shows I participated in- either because he conceived and curated them or our friend Joe Melanson recruited us and a rag tag team of no-gooder (and really kick ass) local low brow artists. One of the first times I started actively showing with Jeff and his gang was when he was part of the Art Flood relief show in 2010. I caught up with him downtown Nashville to check out his mural and say adios for now before my move to Phoenix, Az this month.
Bertrand organized a benefit art show with friends...
after the Nashville Flood of 2010
So what the hell is Low Brow anyway? Outsider art, and medium...and basically as non oil paint on canvas hanging in museum as you can get- but that's changing more all the time if Nashville is ready or not.