Greenville and Beyond - the Works of Jacob Brillhart

"Due West Highway, Across from Grits and Groceries"                                      Brillhart Headshot

"Due West Highway, Across from Grits and Groceries"                                      Brillhart Headshot

We are honored to host guest artist, Jacob Brillhart, whose wife is a Greenville native, to Art & Light for a special showcase during our 12th anniversary celebration! Please join us Thursday, August 16th from 6pm - 8pm to see the work in person. Read on to learn more about Brillhart and his process.

Jacob Brillhart has built his career as an architect, painter and professor of architecture.  In 2002, he began an on-going journey of travel drawing –- taking a series of drawing tours through Europe using Le Corbusier’s (Swiss-French architect, 1887 –1965) early sketchbooks as his sole travel guides. On his first trip, he followed Le Corbusier’s itinerary back in 1907 as he traveled through Italy at the age of 19. Since that time, Brillhart has filled over 30 sketchbooks and made more than 600 paintings, sketches and notes of architectural details, maps, people, buildings, objects, interiors, and urban spaces in cities around the world, including many of the same places Le Corbusier stood almost 100 years earlier.  This drawing research has also taught him “to see” the persistencies in architecture, such as color, light, materiality, context, form, mass, profile, shadow, scale, proportion and all the other elements that make architecture matter and affect the human condition.

In recent years, Brillhart has focused on studio work, producing a series of longer paintings of Italy and Miami, and is currently working on series of the American South and the Bahamas. Work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); Miami-Dade County libraries; and the University of Miami.

Brillhart is also the founder of the Miami-based design firm, Brillhart Architecture. The firm has won numerous design awards and has been featured in The New York Times, Modern Magazine, Architectural Digest, Dwell, The Wall Street Journal, Casa Vogue, and Wallpaper, among other publications.  

Brillhart complements his practice as an Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture, where he teaches design and drawing. In 2016, he published Voyage Le Corbusier: Drawing on the Road, a compendium of 175 travel drawings and watercolors done by Le Corbusier between 1907-1911 (published by W.W. Norton & Co, with foreword by Jean-Louis Cohen).

Jacob earned his BA in Architecture at Tulane University and his Masters of Architecture from Columbia University.