The artist explains "My love of water and trees has clearly emerged as a repeated theme in my work. Some of my larger pieces are complex, heavily layered works which aim to evoke a feeling of being immersed by nature. I am fascinated by water and its woven patterns of colour and light. My 'woven' paintings may also owe a debt to my experience of working with rich cloths during my time in Savile Row. I like the idea of creating rich tapestries which reflect the complexity of the natural environment but which also serve as an existential metaphor for the human condition. No matter who we are, from birth to death we are involved in a lifelong struggle to understand and exist within the web or tapestry of our own lives. My work reflect both the dissonance and harmony that we variously feel at different points in our journey.
All of my paintings start by employing many of the techniques of the abstract expressionists. As they progress their textures, colours and random patterns may resolve into an abstract work, or I might feel compelled to continue the painting toward a more traditionally representational landscape, or say a woodland scene, which resides within me somehow. The idea of employing controlled chance within my work, (a concept shared by all the abstract expressionists from Pollack through to Kiefer, Richter and beyond) again resonates with my sense that we are all engaged in a lifelong struggle to understand and be at peace with what chance, or dare I say it, fate bestows on us."
Brett’s use of heavy impasto creates an almost sculptural quality combined with multiple layers of paint which adds to this three dimensional effect. His paintings are a labour of love, made for pleasure not reward. Complex and exciting, Andrew has succeeded in harnessing the art of balance and harmony - Brian Sinfield
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