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BRETT STUART WILSON

BRETT STUART WILSON

Artist Work

Johnny Rotten
2009
mixed media
32" W x 35" H x 9" D
Patti Smith
2011
mixed media
31" W x 33" H x 9" D
Ray Charles
2010
mixed media
26" W x 36" H x 12" D
Melancholic Elvis
2010
mixed media
28" W x 38" H x 9" D
Thelonious Monk
2009
mixed media
26" W x 38" H x 10" d
Jimmi Hendrix
Mixed

Artist Information

County
Harford County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

The Constructional Portrait project bridges the gap between my passion for making unconventional portraits and my respect for the mavericks of music. The colors and irregularities capture the power and intensity of the music itself; putting a face on some of the biggest sounds that have have made major contributions to the world of music. It is my intention to document iconic musicians so it invokes the question; who is this person and what did their music sound like? These pieces are meant to be viewed from the front with various lighting conditions. It is important to note, that under low light conditions of the evening these paintings come to life in their full potential, revealing the electrifying drama of stage lights and dimly lit night club funk. It is a process; starting with construction of wood and wire, and then building upon an image by layering, shifting and manipulating muslin, paper, acrylic mediums, paint and other materials until it finally becomes something that has a larger than life presence. Incorporating painterly 2-dimension, graphic illusion, and built-out construction, it is dependent on the spontaneous valleys and peaks of the surface area and how that tension transpires the image. I would like to demonstrate that portrait painting is not necessarily a slick image but can also be seen as a history of ideas that stem from expressionist painters, California Funk art, and assemblage artists of the 50’s. I will continue to manipulate the boundaries of the portrait by extending past the formal rigid lines.

Artist Bio

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