Throughout the first term of second year I have looked at many different styles of artwork, whilst also focussing my practice on Martyn Brewster’s type of art work; mainly “beauty vs sadness no. 70”. I have tried using his work as a source of ideas, in which it did, however not in the way that I thought it may have. I found his work interesting as it is not like anything I have done before, and that intrigued me, yet the abstract style didn’t really inspire me to do my own work based on it. However, I was interested in the thought processes behind it, as well as the title of the piece.
The reason that I was drawn to Martyn Brewster’s piece ‘Beauty and Sadness No.70’ was because of the depth of the darkness that it seemed to hold, I have never been too interested in abstract art before but I found this piece really interesting.
Yet when I started researching Martyn Brewster, I found that his work is abstract but that isn’t the most important thing about it. It seems that his work has a connection with the natural world, he doesn’t necessarily paint what he sees, but rather how he feels and connects with the landscape or object. His work has changed a lot over the years, with some pieces being more abstracts than others, but I feel that ‘Beauty and Sadness No.70’ is more about the emotional connection to the person.
At the beginning I experimented with ink, acrylic and charcoal in order to show a representation of Brewster’s artwork. I quickly realised that this wasn’t what I wanted to do, therefore I did a lot of artist research to try and inspire me. However, for my Summer Project I did a lot of photography with disposable cameras as well as digital, and I enjoyed this therefore after I realised that abstract wasn’t for me I wanted to explore more with photography in my practice.
Martyn Brewster, beauty vs sadness no. 70
These are my responses to Martyn Brewster’s work, which I feel doesn’t suit me or my style of artwork at all, therefore after doing these I have chosen to pursue a different style in my Subject work.