About BK

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Brian Kirhagis, aka “BK The Artist”, is an internationally renowned painter whose unmistakably unique work and strikingly original concepts are laced with socially conscious messages. These qualities combined with unparalleled consistency and production have elevated BK into one of the art world’s brightest stars.

Inspired by the human experience and armed with an uncanny ability to make the viewer feel and see art, he deftly sifts through an impressive range of substance matter utilizing several distinct styles.  Brian’s signature technique of weaving together double images and hidden elements using shape and color allow him to tell a story on canvas with paint. The viewer’s mind deciphers several layers while simultaneously following a broader narrative within the same piece.

BK is fearless and brazen in his approach; often tackling the most complicated aspects of our society with equally complex compositions. His voice and perspective on current events and social issues are a vital part of today’s lexicon as he has become widely regarded as one of the leaders of his generation.

In an oversaturated landscape Brian Kirhagis shines as the rare package of talent and substance. From humble beginnings in Baltimore, this self-taught artist’s rise from obscurity has inspired a rapidly increasing fan base, garnered critical acclaim, and attracted celebrity and top flight collectors from around the world.

STATEMENT

“They say that the human mind is capable of incredible things; that through our thoughts, we can manifest our own reality.” 

This concept has always struck a chord deep within the fibers of my body, and serves as a source of inspiration for my work.

Artists are a rare breed; blessed with a unique talent to formulate our thoughts into images. It with this gift that I attempt to create a collective reality through my paintings; if by providing the image I can help ignite a thought, then maybe our reality can change.

Bk The Artist

Bk The Artist

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & HIGHLIGHTS

2015

FAFSA: Fundamental Art for Fixing Society’s AilmentsSolo Exhibition, NYC
EJ x BKTwo man Exhibition, Ripe Art Gallery, Huntington, NY
BUZZ ART AUCTIONSoho, NYC
NBA All Star Weekend Presented by Iconic32 and SDGGroup Exhibition, Manhattan Motor Cars, NYC
BK x Pig & KhaoRestaurant Installation, LES NYC

2014

PARADISE LOSTSolo Exhibition, Art Basel, Miami
FOR THE LOVESolo Exhibition, Poppington Gallery NYC
WYNWOOD ART AUCTIONWynwood, Miami
“City of Dreams” Music Video by Smoke DZAArt Director, Harlem NYC
INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOWInfiniti Motors, Miami Beach Convention Center
THE GHOST OF HOTTENTOTSolo Exhibition, Milk River NYC
TIMEGroup Exhibition, Wallplay NYC
TORSOSGroup Exhibition, Smile Design Gallery, NYC
LEVELSSolo Exhibition, The Atelier NYC
HARING LIVESGroup Exhibition, Salon D’ Arte –  NYC
SCOPE INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR – NYC
EXIT ROOM TRACK 2Group Exhibition, NYST Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
SMILE DESIGN GALLERYGroup Exhibition, Harlem Art Fair, NYC

2013

• CHAPTER 2: Evolution – Solo Exhibition, Dean Borghi Fine Art NYC
• Wu Tang 20/20: 20th Anniversary of 36 Chambers – Group Exhibition, Wallplay NYC
• Red Bull Canvas Cooler NYC– Group Exhibition, NYC (*People Choice Award Winner)
• BOOMBOTIX– Group Exhibition, Fresthetic Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
 BK X ONCORE: PGA NATIONAL LAUNCH – Live Painting, Orlando, FL
• THE ORIGINAL MIAMI BEACH SHOW – Miami, FL
• CHAPTER 3: BK X DALI – Solo Exhibition, Sacred Gallery NYC
• MOTOWN 2 DEF JAM – Group Exhibition, La Maison d’Art Gallery, Harlem, NYC

2012

 ROSS BURTON’S CELEBRATION OF LIFE – Tribute Painting, 230 Fifth Ave Penthouse, NYC
 BK X MTEAF: Maria Torres Emerging Artists Foundation – Live Painting, Harlem, NYC
 BK X ONCORE: JUSTIN TIMERBLAKE’S SHRINER’S HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN – Live Painting, Las Vegas, NV
• BK @ HARLEM WINE GALLERY – Solo Exhibition, Harlem Wine Gallery, NYC
• URBAN CREATURES – Group Exhibition, Gallery Bar, NYC
• CHAPTER 1 –Solo Exhibition, Le’ Salon De Arte, NYC
• BMW CHARITY PRO-AM – Live Painting, Greenville, SC
• OUT OF THE SHADOWS – Group Exhibition For American Cancer Society, Home Studios, NYC
• MUSE – Group Exhibition, Sapphire Lounge/Gallery, NYC
• ONCORE GOLF – Named as Official Artist of OnCore Golf
• ACRYLIC ALCHEMY – Solo Exhibition, Fresthetic Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2011

• ART BASEL 2011: MASTER’S MYSTERY ART SHOW, Group Exhibition, The Ritz-Carlton South Beach, Miami, FL
• PROLOGUE, Solo Exhibition, Phantom Audio, NYC
• JUXTAPOSED, 2 Man Exhibition, Borghi Fine Art Gallery, Englewood, NJ
• ANYTHING GOES – Group Exhibition, Phantom Audio, NYC
• DUMBO Arts Festival 2011, Brooklyn, NY
• THE GALLERY – Restaurant Commission, Hand Painted Exterior Pots, Brooklyn, NY
• LIVE INTERACTIVE PAINTING – Borghi Fine Art Gallery, Englewood, NJ
• ALBUM ARTWORK – Solomon, Artist & CEO T.O.N. Entertainment, NYC
• LIVE INTERACTIVE PAINTING – Mio Posto Restaurant, Oceanside, NY
• CITY CELLARS – Restaurant Commission for Interior Artwork, Westbury, NY
 WHY SO SERIOUS – Group Exhibition, TenEleven Gallery, NYC
• BK@EDEN – Solo exhibition and live interactive painting, including unveiling of custom commissioned piece for Eden Restaurant, Miami, FL
• THE ORIGINAL MIAMI BEACH SHOW – Miami, FL

2010

• ARTSMILES – Group exhibition for SmileTrain charity in partnership with DEAN Project, Brookville, NY
• BK+JOHN LEGEND+THE ROOTS – Solo exhibition & Interactive Painting at Sony Music album release party for John Legend & The Roots, NYC
• BK+MTV – Artwork featured on MTV’s Spring Break 2010 with the cast of “Jersey Shore”
• BK+CARLOS SANTANA – Exhibition at Carlos Santana’s Greatest Hits listening party, NYC
• MIO POSTO – Exhibition at Mio Posto Restaurant in Oceanside, NY
• CUTS FOR A CAUSE – Charity Fundraiser to benefit Raising Malawi Charity

2009

• PROJEKT 30 – Projekt 30 February 09′ Exhibition – www.projekt30.com
• QUEENS HOSPITAL CENTER– Solo Exhibition and Interactive Live Painting with cancer survivors, Queens Hospital Center Atrium, Jamaica, NY
• PROHIBIT NYC – Commissioned paintings on custom denim shipped from Japan, Soho, NYC
• BLACKWELL PUBLISHING – BK’s painting, “The Root of All Evil” published in theology textbook for Cambridge University in the UK
• STEINER SPORTS – Commissioned to paint various athletes including Derek Jeter, Ahmad Bradshaw, Lawrence Taylor, & Joba Chamberlain
 LAST LICKS – Commissioned to hand paint 180+ baseball bats to be installed as the counter for NYC location on 93rd St.

2008

• EMERGING – Group Show, Lana Santorelli Gallery, Southampton, NY
• 2ND ANNUAL DARRYL STRAWBERRY FOUNDATION CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT – Live Interactive Painting and Solo Exhibition, LI, NY
• PROJEKT 30 – Projekt 30 September 08′ Exhibition – www.projekt30.com
• EXPOSURE – Ceres Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
• MY CANVAS IS MY FLAG – TenEleven Gallery, SoHo, NYC
• BK+HURLEY – Sponsored by Hurley and featured on company website
 BUNGER – Commissioned for mural by Bunger Surf Shop of Sayville, NY

2007

 THE EVOLUTION OF BRIAN KIRHAGIS – Solo Exhibition, Brooklyn Artist’s Gym, Brooklyn, NY
• INAUGARAL DARRYL STRAWBERRY FOUNDATION CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT – Live Interactive Painting and Solo Exhibition, LI, NY
• TRAGEDY & TRANSFORMATION – Group Show, Lana Santorelli Gallery, Southampton, NY

2005

• SHOW 3 – Solo Exhibition, Rosenberg Gallery, Hofstra University

2004

 A NIGHT OF ART & DANCE – Spider Club V.I.P. Room, Avalon NYC
• SHOW 2 – Solo Exhibition, Rosenberg Gallery, Hofstra University

2003

• SHOW 1 – Solo Exhibition, Rosenberg Gallery, Hofstra University

2002

• MASHED POTATOES – Solo Exhibition, Rosenberg Gallery, Hofstra University