- ARTIST & DIRECTOR -
Welcome to the life and times of a very talented artist from Australia.
Brett started drawing, painting and sculpting from his early childhood years and continued with distinctions throughout his schooling years which culminated at the age of fourteen in his work being selected for a Nationwide competition in which he won. His winning prize was an all expenses paid journey to Hong Kong in which he represented Australian Youth in an Abassodorial role, mixing amongst Hong Kong’s political EIite of the time (1983). A qualified hairdresser by trade, Brett’s first and for most passion has always been his art. He has been painting for decades but as far as a career is concerned, probably for the last 25 years. He is currently completing his degree in fine art where he studies at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane.
Brett’s use and knowledge of a large range of media is both vast and thorough. Everything from gel pens to spray cans and everything in-between can possibly be found all in any one piece. Nothing, in the way of media in any one piece of his work, is out of the question resulting in remarkably unique outcomes on the surface. Brett’s life story is a very full one of which has been a combination of extreme highs and lows. His battle with with numerous serious mental conditions as well as Brett’s addictions to alcohol and illicit drugs (now 6 years clean and sober), and his general life experiences, throughout these many testing years of his life are the basis for much of Brett’s project’s today.
These projects currently apply to identity and the frailty of the human condition. Critically, his work has been judged to be of a similar style to the Art Brut Movement of the twenty century (low brow or outsider art) as it is commonly known. In concluding, please feel free to explore this collection of images displayed on my website, if you like anything you see or have something in mind that you like to commission me to work with you on an personal and private level, together we can bring that special memory time, person, place or something of great importance to you or your family to life, on whatever surface we choose, then I would love to hear from you, please contact me via my website or through my enquiries page.
This body of work (mixed media) explores the extensive theme of MY personal identity from the distinct perspective of “the mask wearer”. Wearing masks has played a major role in all sections of global society since the time of primitive man. Although, the specific use, meaning and cultural/ spiritual importance and significance can “and most times does” vary greatly from one’s nationality and or tribe to another.
All (as individuals or society) human beings (western or otherwise), possess a closet full of masks. All these masks serve a different purpose (or so we have been lead to believe), which we use at different times for different people to achieve a myriad of goals and objectives in everyday life. Love/ hate, approval/ disapproval, happy/ angry, Legal/ illegal, good/ evil, birth/ death.
The list is endless!”
BRETT STOCKWELL – artist
Clancy's comment: There ya go, folks. I always admire anyone who can draw, paint or illustrate. Oh, some of this work was hung in this year's international Contemporary Art EXPO, which this year was held in Milan,Italy. I believe Brett was the only contemporary Artist to be selected to hang his work on the wall!!! Pretty good, eh?
Keep going, Brett.
Keep going, Brett.