Mr. Hebert has taught visual arts classes for ages 5 to adult for over 10 years in various media from drawing, painting and ceramic sculpture. Brian received his BFA from Southern University in Baton Rouge, studying under Robert Cox and Martin Payton to name a few. As an Artist and Curator, he has conceptualized and organized various projects merging visual arts with dance choreography, music via DJs and MCs, and theater resulting in projects; Bridging the Gap (2010), The Antidote (2011), and Camouflage (2011 and 2012), to name a few.
Brian’s work is inspired by music, specifically music used in the foundation of hip hop; blues, jazz, soul, funk, rock n roll, and roots reggae. He exhibits his work throughout the country. The narratives in his work incorporate a music, or specifically a hip hop aesthetic, using text or graffiti style letters in the foreground of a landscape setting mainly set in the sky or above the clouds which is a metaphor for spiritual cultivation exposing a higher state of consciousness revealed in his compositions. As a painter, Brian Hebert has a fascination with depth on 2 dimensional surfaces using acrylic on wood or canvas. The titles and compositional designs used by Mr. Hebert reveal his hip hop influences; “Looking At My Gucci”, “Soliloquy Of Chaos”, “Always Above The Clouds”, “The Definition Of Dope”, “A Dope Piece of Fruit” and “Louder Than A Bomb 1963”.
His work specifically speaks to the generation born between the 60-70s and raised between the 70s-80s, b-boys and girls, MCs, DJs, break dancers and graffiti writers. “He views his pieces as rhymes written to share with my comrades to get my point across. All art can be used as a tool to enlighten and educate.” Although a visual artist, he has a strong and symbiotic relationship with music, which is the primary inspiration for the compositions he designs. “His father, Bernard Hebert laid the foundation for my love of music, playing everything from Bob Marley, ZZ Top, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, George Clinton and Parliament, Funkadelic, Earth, Wind and Fire, Sting, Prince, etc. growing up in Compton, South Central and Inglewood areas of Los Angeles, California. If I were not a visual artist, I know I would be a musician.”
Brian Hebert is currently a Visual Arts Instructor and was the Visual Arts Specialist at the Southwest Art Center since 2001 where he established the visual arts program. He has exhibited work in the 567 Center For Renewal Gallery, Alternative Canvases and Riffing On The Reel 1 and 2 in Macon, Georgia, at the Tubman Museum, Timing: Rhythms Of Life at the Southwest Art Center in Southwest Atlanta and LiFt in Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys working on his paintings and curatorial projects collaborating with artists of every genre. He believes the visual arts are unconsciously overlooked and taken for granted, although everything in society is visual and utilizes the visual arts. I feel it is my responsibility to represent as serve as an Ambassador for the visual arts.