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Brewster remains a dramatic – even spectacular - colourist whose works are vividly imbued with sparks of light. Often sharply contrasting sombre and bright tones, they invoke comparisons with a wide range of art historical antecedents from Turner, through Whistler’s nocturnes, to Diebenkorn’s Californian landscapes.
But Brewster’s work remains doggedly abstract, which reveals his extraordinary ability to passionately depict nature and emotion by the simple organisation of colour in his compositions. His paintings have been described as romantic, emotional and lyrical, and his skill at painting in oils is matched by his excellence with both acrylics and in the print studio. Richly suffused with colour, his work expresses boundless joy and optimism, with an energy and dynamism in the way the paint is used that animates an often fiery turmoil within the fixed confines of the picture frame.
By constantly reinventing and rearticulating the play of darkness and light, contrasting its chromatic vibrancy, and playing with its atmospherics and opacities, Martyn Brewster has created a symbolic, painterly language with which to express his vigorous poetic imagination. His new paintings mark the latest and most exciting development in this singular practice.
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