The still life is over 400 years old. Brett seeks to bring a modern sensibility to his arrangements. “I look for a modern interpretation of the genre, with the light, colours and subjects of more contemporary work.”
Brett Humphries' modern approach to still life painting has resulted in some colourful compositions. The interesting subjects he has chosen to paint invite a much closer look at his exquisitely executed paintings.
My still life paintings are very small in scale and are an illusion of light, form and space within two dimensions. The aim of these paintings is to make the viewer feel that they can pick an object straight out of the painting itself. I love to paint a variety of subjects often with a rustic charm and also some with a more classical composition. I find inspiration from the exceptionally detailed still lives of Tim Gustard and the larger scale classical still lives of Paul S Brown.
I have always had a keen interest in the arts, taking A levels in graphic design, photography and fine art, then continuing with a one year foundation course in art which confirmed that painting is my passion. The last part of my formal art education was undertaking a BA Hons Degree in Scientific and Natural History Illustration at Lancaster University.
It was during my final degree exhibition in London that my career took an unexpected path. I was approached by a successful CGI studio and advertising company and was asked to join them as an artist, designer and 3D sculptor. In this new position I was tasked with translating my painting skills to a new medium, computer graphics, to help the company diversify from man made subjects to more organic subjects. I worked there for 6 years but left at the beginning of 2006 to return to my southwest roots and to fulfil my long term ambition of being a professional artist.
I am inspired by beautiful places that have their own magical aura." Brett Humphries
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