March 6, 2020
A new exhibition of Professor Marius Valdes' works, BURD BRAIN, is now on view at the Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery in Spartanburg, S.C., sponsored by the University of South Carolina Upstate. Professor Valdes created the illustrations in BURD BRAIN as part of an upcoming children's book, scheduled to be released in fall 2020. Also known as Zoo Valdes, his characteristically bright and optimistic drawings typically feature animals, Secret Species, and creations of all kinds.
“Burd Brain” is a children’s story exploring the ideas of social anxiety and introversion. These themes will be explored through an illustrated picture book and accompanying exhibition of related artwork. This collection of mixed media paintings represents my creative process of “writing with pictures”. I am a trained artist, not a writer, so I often begin my narratives by drawing ideas and then crafting the written text to the images. Drawing helps me to be more creative and get my ideas out quickly. Working on larger canvases helps me to have time to contemplate my ideas while I color the drawings. - Marius Valdes
Once published, the illustrated book will be shared with schools and libraries across South Carolina. Prof. Valdes' project is funded by a Creative and Performing Arts Grant from the Provost’s Office at the University of South Carolina.
All images © Marius Valdes.