“My work is inspired by and questions American society’s live-to-work mentality. I am concerned with the cultural and environmental effects of this obsession, as well as the physical and mental health ramifications. In 1931 distinguished economist John Maynard Keynes published a short essay, Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren, where, among other ideas, he states that by 2030 the standard of living would be dramatically higher; people, liberated from want (and without the desire to consume for the sake of consumption), would work no more than fifteen hours a week, devoting the rest of their time to leisure and culture. My work envisions a world where his prediction has come true.” 


– Brian DePauli 



Brian DePauli received his MA in visual art from Fontbonne University. His work has been exhibited widely throughout the St. Louis area and in Chicago and California. Recently, DePauli has expanded his practice to include public art, with a permanent outdoor sculpture in the Granite City Art and Design District (G-CADD) and his inclusion in the 2018 MetroScapes program. He has participated in residencies at The Luminary in St. Louis, Missouri, and Paul Art Space in Florissant, Missouri. Brian DePauli lives and works in St. Louis. 


Opening Night Reception, Friday, March 8 from 6-9 p.m.


The Sheldon’s exhibition series is supported by The Bellwether Foundation, Barbara and Arthur McDonnell and the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.