About

Biography

Jim Briare is an American artist born and raised in Las Vegas.

His creative expression began when he entertained friends and family with 8mm films, acting, radio, cultural jamming, and spontaneous performance art. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UNLV, he pursued self-imposed projects while working as a designer for an institutional sporting goods company.

Jim began his foray in advertising at the Riviera Hotel and Casino. It was there he developed what would become the award winning and iconographic, Crazy Girls No ifs, ands or … cab back and billboard campaign. Jim then moved his artistic endeavors to creative support for the retail division at Mandalay Resort Group, one of the largest resort casino companies in the world. His work included photography, video production, site-specific installations, and graphic design. He also oversaw the purchase of all the fine art for the company’s galleries and public space retail displays.

When MGM Resorts International merged with Mandalay Resort Group, Jim’s imaginative skills were again sought out as he oversaw the innovative processes of Corporate Communications. There he created new models of internal communications platforms including momentum, the award-winning daily news and information source for the Company.

Jim lives a little more than a stones throw from where he grew up near downtown Las Vegas with his wife and two children. He is still interested in entertaining friends and family through experimental films and photography, both of which have won awards and international recognition.

 

Statement

Most of my work draws from the darker elements of existence. The common thread throughout my photographs, film and other media has always been the mythology of death, hell, and symbols of mortality and immortality. I have always had a fascination with how these dark elements are tied into most of our fears and are hiding in everything we create. The elements by themselves tend to be ubiquitous. Only when presented within the context of normal existence do they take on enough meaning to have effect. I don’t deliberately bring dark subjects into my work. I allow them to reveal themselves through a function of tearing away the unnecessary thus enhancing the messages.

In the Tweet to Art series of works, I look at the ‘twitterverse’ as an alternate reality that many people are choosing to live in. Since it exists and it has virtual form, it can be painted. So much in the way Impressionists took to interpret nature, I am perusing the interpretation of virtual messages that exist in a form that is very new.

Curriculum Vitae

BFA – University Nevada Las Vegas

Professional Experience

2005 – 2016           Scientific Games     Senior Designer

2005 – 2016           MGM Resorts International      Creative Manager

1996 – 1995                Mandalay Resort Group           Creative Manager

1993 – 1996                Riviera Hotel and Casino         Art Director

 

Vice  Chair     Las Vegas Arts Commission

Member      Las Vegas Neon Museum

Gradualte      Leadership Las Vegas

 

2012-2018

Artist Among Us Hasbro

Life is Beautiful 2015

TAM Torrance Art Museum An Odyssey

Contemporary Arts Center Annual Juried Show

Neubeginn – 08 Kunst – Ausstellung Düsseldorf

Life is Beautiful Festival/Vast Space Project

MAS Attack – TAM Torrance Art Museum

MAS Attack VAST Space Las Vegas

Finalist – Multiple awards 48 Hour film Project Las Vegas

Contributor LUX – Brian Eno Day of Light Video

 

 

1986-2012

Group

Drumming Up Health at Echoes of Sound – Las Vegas, NV

Finalist – Multiple awards 48 Hour film Project Portland OR

Finalist – Multiple awards 48 Hour film Project Las Vegas

Contemporary Arts Juried Show

Various Allied Arts Council group exhibits

Industrial Music Festival – Long Beach CA

Art-a-Fair – Las Vegas, NV

 Solo

Jamais Vu. Allied Arts Gallery

Performance series. Knitting Factory – New York, NY

Putting out the Darkness. Clark County Library – Las Vegas, NV

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