Patrick Bremer (1982, Brighton/UK) explores the boundaries of collage using old magazines and books from thrift stores and car boot sales, producing portraits of the people around him. The medium allows for quick breaks between figurative and abstract elements, adding a fluidity and dynamism to what is essentially a traditional portrait. The piece begins with a rough plan, and then takes on its own direction, pushed by the shapes, colours and lines that come up in the paper to hand. Collage encourages this playful use of chance elements, sucking in text, stories and imagery from an array of different sources to create their own narrative on the canvas.
Patrick Bremer received his BFA from Wimbledon School of Art in London and has won The DeLazlo Foundation Award from The Royal Society of Portrait Painters for his figurative work. He currently lives and works in Berlin.