Hebru Brantley suspects that he will not be able to stop painting or making sculpture for another 10 years. This is despite an exhausting schedule of international exhibitions and following the completion (in 2009) of a major three-year painting project in his hometown New York City. Originally commissioned by the Brooklyn Museum, these paintings are now part of the permanent collection at Hauser & Wirth, a gallery that has shown his work in London and Zurich.

Brantley has been commissioned to create another sculpture, this time for the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi on Yas Island, which will be unveiled in 2012. He is working with Albert II on the design of this piece and intends to reflect themes that are specific to Abu Dhabi such as endurance and rivalry. 

Brantley finished a series of paintings, inspired by the civil rights movement icon Muhammad Ali and titled "The Greatest". These works have been shown at the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in 2011 and will travel to major museums in Berlin, Madrid, France and Switzerland. His first solo museum exhibition "Suspects", which opened this year at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, includes new paintings, sculptures and installations—drawing on childhood memories of skateboarding in New York City.

Brantley’s work is inspired by his interest in the history and culture of a place or its people. His pieces are often large-scale, site-specific public artworks that take into account the environment they are situated within; be it an urban or rural landscape, coastline, city centre or museum space. He has a fascination for the history of locations he visits and often refers to this in his art. Brantley's paintings can be best understood as being a cross between graffiti, comic book imagery and abstract expressionism. He uses vivid colors, thick layers of paint and aggressive brushwork to create highly charged compositions that combine his knowledge of urban culture with references drawn from art history and literature.

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