Thomas Brendan is a Los Angeles designer. His work is graphic and bright and is heavy on the influence of Southern California. It’s reflective of desert vibes and beachy breaks, all reflecting a laid back, young, and decidedly cool Los Angeles tone that he places atop of various subjects (be them LA items or non-LA items). He’s making some really great stuff.
Brendan’s design aesthetic is bold, colorful, and heavily uses and manipulates patterns. He also has an ability to reappropriate imagery, breaking them down and rebuilding them to construct new forms. The top two works in addition to the far }bottom two really showcase this ability, where he takes common images (teepees, tribe leader, pots, birds) and constructs them from so many different conflicting elements. They’re really cool and obviously very modern.
For all you people with trained eyes, you will catch a huge influence on his work. Any guesses? Well, it’s Steven Harrington. According to Brendan’s website, he is actually a designer at Harrington and Justin Krietemeyer’s National Forest Design. This definitely explains the California desert/beach slant in addition to his fine work with patterns. Granted, his working at NFD does not mean that his personal work directly correlates to influence but you can’t help but wonder if there’s something there. If anything, what a great mentor or boss to have!
Brendan’s work is excellent and we’re excited to see what he’s up to in the future. For more of his designs and some of his photography work, be sure to check out his website.