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Chuck  Brenton
Habits of The Elk Herd
BRONZE hand painted limited edition: 12
27 x 11 x 9 in


The work at its core is an abstract meditation on wildness, not only in terms of forms and colors but conceptual complexity. I aim to depict the duality of nature in mountain ecosystems by using chaotic geometries and systematic minimalism, drawing inspiration from both the original structure of the habitats and the patterns of the organisms living within them. My work merges the material knowledge and simplicity of John McCracken, the spiritual investigations of Kandinsky, and the observational practice of Audubon.

I use a proprietary polymer paint developed in close collaboration with a manufacturer specifically for adherence to polished metal. This slow-cure color system sits on top of the bronze surface beneath clear coat finishes in matte and gloss. The result is a complex surface quality that combines layers and visual texture, evoking a sense of intrigue and modernity.

The idea of surface and finish fascinates me, as I explore the ways in which our cultural obsession with perfection and shininess can both reveal and obscure deeper meanings. By deliberately playing with this concept, and challenging viewers to look beyond, I aim to draw attention to the intricate natural processes that are often overlooked or taken for granted. While a polished surface can embody the "finish fetish" aesthetic, emphasizing the reflective and tactile qualities of industrial materials, I disrupt this ideal by covering it up with paint or coatings, referencing the underlying natural phenomena that cannot always be scientifically recorded or seen with the naked eye. The reflectiveness of bronze in its original state further underscores this metaphor, highlighting the constant change and raw beauty of natural processes like light, weather, and geology.

Brenton is represented exclusively in Santa Fe, NM at POP Gallery. Contact us directly for availability and pricing by phone 505.820.0788 or email

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