My works of art all begin with the struggle between control and precision versus expressionism and spontaneity. Before I start each piece I am careful to select the colors that will be suited for the genre of the piece. Not knowing where each color or line is going to fall, I use my experience and keen eye to brig the art into the world. My current work consists of two main styles; abstract geometric and abstract fluid poured painting. My main medium is resin but not limited to acrylic, spray paint, inks, and oils. I want each viewer to not only see the technical merits of the piece, but also be a participant in the piece, going along on the ride and feeling the rush of creation.
Born in Southern California’s stark desert landscape, surrounded by modernist architecture, it’s only natural that Brett Stevens’art possesses the duality of man; one of structure, minimalism, and precision coexisting with raw emotion and a poured stream of consciousness. The visual manifestation of this duality began for Stevens as a form of therapy. A way to put into physicality the tumultuous duality he was facing internally – the battle of order versus chaos and mans balance between them.
Craftsmanship is engrained in Stevens by way of his Father and Grandfather. A thirdgeneration craftsman himself, as a child he was encouraged to create and follow in their footsteps. Utilitarianism evolved into an elegant and refined artistic expression executed to the highest level of craftsmanship and perfection achievable. Stevens believes that this strive for perfection in his art, understanding that perfection is never absolute, enables his artwork to achieve near perfection.
Brett Stevens currently resides in Palm Springs California. He can be found most days working in his studio creating new works of art. He is constantly experimenting with new materials, techniques, and ideas. He believes that constant innovation and improvement on techniques is necessary to keep work current in today’s fast moving society.
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“The principle of art is to pause, not bypass. The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke. This requires a moment of pause — a contract with yourself through the object you look at or the page you read. In that m oment of pause, I think life expands. And really the purpose of art — for me, fiction — is to alert, to indicate to stop, to say: Make certain that when you rush through you will not miss the moment which you might have had, or might still have.
That is the moment of finding something which you have not known about yourself, or your environment, about others and about life.” -Jerzy Kosinski
“The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.” –