Contemporary paintings of everyday vintage objects from the 1950s, '60s and '70s

In her series Static, the much-loved American painter Jessica Brilli engages us with objects from another era: Kodak cameras, transistor radios, and manual typewriters.

Painting in a style that combines American realism with Appropriation Art, she brings a contemporary eye to technologies from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. Before she begins a new work, she scours flea markets and antique shops, looking for everyday objects that excite her imagination. “I’ve experimented with various subjects,” she says, “but I always enjoy evoking the beauty in everyday scenes and objects.”

Based in Quincy, Massachusetts, Brilli earned her BFA in painting at the University of Rhode Island, where she studied with acclaimed artists Robert Dilworth, William Klenk, and Barbara Pagh. She has exhibited internationally and some of her artworks are on display at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University where she works as senior graphic designer. Discover more of her stunning work at


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