Classical meets contemporary at John Wayne Airport

Transport yourself to ancient Greece and Rome at John Wayne Airport (JWA) with Brennan Major Harris’ newest exhibition, Arete & Ergon, on view now through February 29.

Hailing from Southern California, Harris earned his BA in Studio Art from California State University, Long Beach, where he specialized in drawing and painting. Inspired by the aesthetics and philosophies of Classical Greece and Rome, Harris seamlessly infuses a contemporary twist into “classically beautiful” forms.

Photos courtesy of JWA

Brennan Major Harris’ “Portal 2,” oil on canvas, 2022

According to Harris, “This body of work aims to celebrate the refinement that classic sculptors achieved in their works, blended with a vibrant, abstract aesthetic. Building a bridge through time in paint with invigorating color.

“The balance of rhythmic, non-objective shapes with the eternal, stoic beauty of the cold marble figures is endlessly interesting to me,” he said. “It is in a way, my attempt to breathe new life into and offer a contemporary context for an ancient beauty and virtuous principles.”

Brennan Major Harris’ “Collision,” oil and acrylic on canvas, 2022

Guided by the profound ideals of Greek mythology and philosophy, Harris strives to embody the concepts of Arete and Ergon – the pursuit of excellence through the fulfillment of a purpose and the maximization of potential through dedicated hard work.

Brennan Major Harris’ “Veil,” oil and acrylic on canvas, 2021

Discover Harris’ artworks online at, or follow him on Instagram: @brennan.major.harris.

Arete & Ergon is viewable pre-security Lower level, Terminal B Baggage Claim.

For more information about the John Wayne Airport Arts Program, visit

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