I’ve enjoyed Brett Amory’s work ever since I first stumbled across it three or four years ago. There’s a certain quite confidence about his paintings that I love. They’re very atmospheric and I find myself wondering what his subjects could be thinking what their destinations may be. Over the last year I’ve had a few brief online chats with Brett. Not only is he a great painter, but he seems like a really nice thoughtful guy as well. I’ve recently been corresponding again with Brett about the beginnings of his “Waiting” series and his upcoming show at Lazarides which is sure to be a success.
“How did the initial idea spark for your ongoing series “Waiting”? Was it a sudden realization of what you wanted to paint or did it have to be worked out over time?”
“I started the ‘Waiting’ series in 2000. I was working in Emeryville and living in San Francisco so I was commuting via Bart. I became really interested in how people looked in the morning especially on Monday after the weekend. I noticed how everyone seemed to be somewhere else, not at all in the present. I also started noticing a disconnect. The Bart would be packed shoulder to shoulder but there would be no communication and minimal eye contact. Back then the series was all about Bart and I was taking a more traditional approach to painting. It was more paint what I see or what the photograph detailed. I stopped the series in 2003 and experimented with a few different types of mediums and styles of painting.I came back to the series in 2007 but the idea of waiting changed. The people ceased to be exclusively travelers, and I began to emphasize figures selected from anonymous snapshots of city streets. I started pairing down the image to key elements of the compositions to provide an outward echo of the inner states of the figures. Although the experience of waiting is still there, the perception of it has changed from one of mundane task to one leavened with transcendence.”
Following the success of his previous solo exhibitions in San Francisco and New York City, Brett continues his exploration of his wildly popular Waiting series. Traversing the nation’s capital by bicycle, the artist takes us on a 24-hour journey of the city’s noteworthy sites from historical landmarks to those places most relevant to the inhabitants of the Big Smoke.
This latest series of work gives his audience an intimate glimpse of London through the eyes of one of America’s most exciting young artists.
Until next time,