clair bremner

Artist Statement

My goal is to create artworks that are visually beautiful, calming and organic. My paintings are highly decorative, however I feel they also serve as a reflection of the beauty and complexity that nature provides. I am not trying to portray and exact representation of the landscapes i see, instead i try to capture the essence of nature which I then stylize and make my own.

I am primarily inspired by the natural tangle of vegetation that can be found everywhere near my home in the Yarra Valley. My paintings are both a direct reflection of my surroundings and an imaginary world – a secret garden that exists in my mind. A whimsical place that I can go to escape and be lost within.

My colour palate is governed by my mood and the general feeling I want to create within each painting. I generally work with analogous colours combinations because I feel they best reflect the natural harmony of nature, the subtle warm or cool changes of the seasons and foliage provide endless inspiration. However, I am not afraid of colour and I often experiment with combinations that are not usually traditionally associated with nature and landscapes.

I work spontaneously and rarely begin with a set plan in mind. I let each painting evolve intuitively as I build each layer of paint. I work quickly to begin with, which is why I prefer to work with faster drying acrylic paints. Each piece is then finished off with a layer of gloss varnish to enhance the colours and depth and also protect the surface of the painting.

 

Exhibitions

Yering Station, Yarra Glen.  Aug - Sept 2014

She, Walker Street Gallery, Dandenong 2015

Magnus 600, Off The Kerb Gallery, July 2015

Colours Of Melbourne, Waterfront Gallery Docklands, October 29th 2015

Into The Valley, Solo Show. Brunswick Street Gallery,  Nov 13th-26th 2015

In Flux, Brunswick Street Gallery March 2016

A Years Growth, Solo Show, Warburton Arts Center, April 1st-May 17th 2016

Internal Worlds, Solo Show St Michael's Gallery, Collins Street Melbourne Nov 2016

Yarra, Solo show Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood, Melbourne March 8th-26th 2017

 

Media Features and Mentions

Yarra Ranges Mail – Sept 2014

Art Edit June/July 2015

Haymes Paint – Room Reveal Promotion Nov 2015

Bright Art Licensing Trade Calendar – 2016

Bright Art Licensing Source Book – Front cover and Feature May 2016

Fresh Paint Magazine Dec 2015

The Jealous Curator Blog - June 2015

Art Edit Magazine – Artist to watch June/July 2016

My Modern Met – June 2016

Pattern Pulp – June 2016

Colour In Your Life - You Tube Art Series

 

CV

Diploma of Visual Art (TAFE) 2004

Owner See Be Art Photography 2006-2013

Represented by Established For Design Oct 1014

Represented by Tusk Gallery, South Yarra Dec 2014

Represented by The Family Love Tree May 2015

Represented by Paper Pear July 2015

Represented by Bright Art Licensing, London as of July 2015

Represented by Zachloe Lifestyle Dec 2015

Bremner wields her brush with both loose intuition and delicate intention. She renders bushy billows of treetops in thick, knobbly strokes, but intricately flecked with the tiny blades of leaves or layered with wispy fronds. These precise patterns meet languid drips and erratic splashes that melt down each canvas where trunks or stems might otherwise be found. Her color palette, meanwhile, varies from one piece to the next, seeming to capture the moods of different hours and seasons despite the often surreal and even technicolor tones.
— Leah Pellegrini - mymodernmet.com