Born and raised in Denver, CO, Brian Arnold began his study of art in 1992, when he traveled to Bali, Indonesia to study Balinese religion, music and art. Still an undergraduate at The Colorado College, he went to Bali to complete a minor in ethnomusicology. After graduating, he moved to Denver, CO, and began working with a nonprofit group, Tunas Mekar, dedicated to bringing the traditional music, dance, and theater of Indonesia to an American audience. Working with this group, Brian continued to develop his interest in Balinese music, performing with various Balinese gamelans (percussion orchestras) in Wyoming and Colorado.
While pursuing his interest in Balinese music, Brian also began a study of photography. Working largely as a self-taught photographer, he photographed the landscapes of Colorado. His early photographs utilized a variety of 19th century photographic techniques, specifically platinum/palladium and gum bichromate printing.
After working on his photography alone for several years, Brian enrolled in an MFA program in photography at the Massachusetts College of Art. He taught photography and new media arts in the School of Art and Design at Alfred University for 15 years, and is currently working as a research fellow at Cornell University in the Southeast Asia Program.
Today, Brian continues to work with traditional black and white techniques, remaining committed to the alchemy of photography. All of his photographs are unique gelatin silver prints, toned with various combinations of selenium, sulfur, gold chloride, and Lipton tea.