Patrick Bremer’s collages are born out of his portrait paintings, each composition carefully constructed using images and text from old magazines and books from second hand shops and car boot sales that reveal something of his subjects personality.
The juxtaposition of chance imagery and specific text is the bridge on which his abstracted collages connect to his more traditional paintings giving each composition more depth, more for us to look at, explore. Furthermore his artistic practice is influenced by the great British figurative painters of the last 60 years such as Lucien Freud, Euan Uglow, Francis Bacon and Jenny Saville. Here’s what he has to say about his work and process:
I love the exploration involved with collage work. Some pieces within it are chosen specifically because the image or text relates to the sitter, but others are left to chance. The pictures work on the first level as a portrait, but then you can move closer to explore and read the information within it. This is a new medium for me and I aim to push it as far as I can and see where it takes me. I’ve got some plans for some larger collages and also want to start combining mediums – painting and collage together.