Brendan Briggs

Candie Buttons

96" x 12" x 2.25"

Acrylic on wood

Regular price $5,000.00

About The Artist

"I was born in N.Y. and raised in Los Angeles.  Punk rock hit the L.A. scene in 1978. At age 14, I moved out of my parents’ home.  While going to school, I worked at a bakery, a shoe store, and waitressed at a retirement home to pay rent on a guest house. I fronted a punk rock band in my basement.  The band had great exposure and local successes.  Because of my age, I was never allowed into the clubs to "hang out"– only to perform. The group lasted roughly two years for me.  I was preyed on by the keyboard player; he was 29 years old.  I found the same situation occurred in each group I worked with.  By 1987, I abandoned my band (ironically named “Abandoned”), left Los Angeles, and headed to Seattle for a brainwashing. I met poets who wrote music – incredible storytellers.  It was a journey into darkness, light, and many unknowns.  The road from Seattle back to Cali was a difficult, desperate, lonely time. Hilariously, I gave up the music industry, and went into theatre.  I had a great run of co-starring roles in projects; one play matinee-d every weekend for over two years in 1993. This wasn’t the answer.  I was 30 years old, horribly drug-addicted, penniless, and contemplating homelessness.  I could no longer see loneliness as a place of safety.  Starvation could no longer lead me to sanity.  I realized that a lack of spirituality wasn’t the way to being humbled, kind, and human. It’s been years since I’ve looked at the girl I once was.  I currently live on The Mesa in Santa Barbara, CA.  I have a relentless drive for social advocacy – it only takes a second to choose kindness.  I strive to advocate for anti-racist, educational conversations, anti-domestic violence resources for women, and social acceptance.  With my artist community, I engage in collaborative efforts to help each other cultivate a positive, safe, and loving platform for all."

About The Artwork

Inspired by the iconic candy buttons on strips of paper that defined countless childhoods in the 1980's and 90's, Brendan Briggs' "Candie Buttons" is sure to satisfy any art collector's sweet tooth. Meticulously crafted with an oversized wooden board and affixed wooden buttons, every button has been hand-painted with 22 coats of paint, ensuring a glossy, candy-like finish.
Brendan Briggs

Candie Buttons

96" x 12" x 2.25"

Acrylic on wood

Regular price $5,000.00