Artist of the Month - Brian Hsieh

Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S. of Music & Art and Performing Arts - 12th Grade
hs2as, Spring and Summer Program 2015

-What I like about HS2AS is that in such a short span of time, you learn a lot.  These past five weeks have really taught me to look at art through different perspectives.

-So far, this program has really helped me to try and think outside of the box.  It has helped me to not be too literal in my artwork.

-Job wise, my big dream is to become a successful Graphic Designer in the future.  However, for just doing art on my own, my big dream is for my artwork to show the struggles of life through the sharp contrast of light and dark.

-I have learned that art is not only a way to express yourself, but also a way to convey a message.

-Through these museum trips, whether it was through different usage of mediums or usage of different ideas, I learned that there are different ways to approach a piece of artwork.


Hi!  My name is Brian Hsieh.  I am going to be a senior at Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S. of Music, Art and Performing Arts.  Using my skills in art, I am striving to become a successful Graphic Designer in the future.  As a child, I would always enjoy sitting down and drawing what I saw while other kids in my class would run around and play tag.  I never really realized my talent in the arts until the seventh grade when my art teacher called me aside and said that I produced phenomenal work.  She suggested that I apply for LaGuardia H.S., which I did, to continue to pursue my interest in the arts.  I currently enjoy working with different mediums such as charcoal and pencils for sketching, as well as working with different programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to create digital art.  Being able to come to HS2AS has been such a huge blessing for me.  Throughout the course of this six week summer program, I have been able to learn so much more about art and the different ways to look at it. 

I wish for my work to eventually be about the internal struggles that everybody has in their lives.  I wish to be able to portray this through the sharp contrast of light tones and dark tones.  The reason I want my work to portray the internal struggles all of us have is because I feel as if this subject is commonly glossed over.  Sure, we see a lot of situations where in movies the main character is faced with a situation and has tiny little voices arguing around, but I think internal struggles go deeper than this. 

A lot of the time, internal struggles can be caused by different things: guilt, anger, hate, jealousy, etc.  I wish for my work in the future to be able to show the weight of this burden.  I want my future audiences to be able to not only relate to these struggles, but also to feel the heaviness in the pieces.  I want the audience to be able to feel all of the struggles that I had to go through as a kid and even now.

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