Roderick Briggs (March 30, 1927-July 26, 2017) was an artist and
educator who exhibited throughout Southern California and was a
prominent member of the Long Beach art community for over 60 years.
His work is part of the Long Beach Museum of Art permanent collection
and Brigg’s work was included in the LBMA Downtown Seven Decades
of Art in September 2019.
His detailed photo-realistic style of oil painting evolved over decades,
showcasing scenes in and around Long Beach, and highlighting his
meticulous attention to detail. With a unique eye for imagery among
the ordinary, he captured varying landscapes that some would have
overlooked or deemed mundane.
From his perception come scenes that evoke particular moods, showcase
change, contrast varying elements, and chronicle the history of the Long
Beach area through the mid to late 20th and early 21st centuries. Brigg’s
work covers many different periods and styles, from textured abstract
expressionism, interactive experimental sound paintings, “raked” three
dimensional canvases, watercolor landscapes, sculpture, and realism
amidst urban and suburban sprawl. sometimes evoke themes of isolation
and loneliness amidst urban and suburban sprawl. His oil on linen canvases
invite the viewer to contemplate the scene, and the story behind it. Others
challenge us to see overlooked and commonplace landscapes with new
eyes and from a different perspective.