clair bremner

Artist Statement

My artwork is inspired by nature and i like to  focus on bringing the outside in. My paintings are highly decorative, however I feel they also serve as a reflection of the beauty and complexity that nature provides.  I like to capture the essence of a landscape, stylizing it and making it my own. I employ colour, pattern and repetition to portray the layers of foliage and vegetation that can be seen within the landscape.

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. Painting for me is second nature, i have been doing it in one way or another since my early teen years and feels as natural as breathing.

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. I create a world that i want to be in and that provides an escape from the everyday.  

 

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

Cover of Breathe Magazine (UK and Aus) May 2018

Home Beautiful Magazine May 2018 - Artwork featured

 

 

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