Hi! Im also about to start studying you for my A levels. I actually have some questions I was wondering if you would have the time to answer. 1) Where do you get your inspirations from, any artists in particular? 2) Why do you choose to work with the female nude? 3) Is there a reason that you keep the clothing marks on the models body? (such as the marks left from the bra etc.) Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I can't wait to see other art you produce in the future.
Hey no worries, of course. I’m very flattered that you have chosen my work. You can check out my website www.brettwilliamsart.com which has a few interviews if you need more info.
My inspiration, I guess, came from school, from Klimt and Schiele initially. I’m not particularly au fait with many artists or the art world and only discovered Frued after a comparison was made between my early works and his by a buyer. I have been compared with jenny Saville and there is a definitely an inspiration there but our styles and mediums are very different. My main inspiration is the body and what it infers in certain poses about the model, that’s what I enjoy. I don’t have a deep and meaningful thesis for my work. I draw what I like to look at and what it conveys to me. Art is purely subjective and every person will have a different reaction to it based on their life experiences, that’s what I love about it.
I work with nudes for a few reasons. I am fascinated by the body; it’s folds and shapes, bone structure and colour. It’s easier to draw skin than it is to draw clothing so I’m a bit lazy there. When I meet people or see people, I don’t see the whole picture but rather facets making up the whole; the diamond shadow on the sides of the nose, the shapes making up the eyes. It’s a beautiful jigsaw puzzle. full of light and shaded patterns. And finally, I find the body beautiful to look at in every aspect.
I chose recently to include the lined bodies because it’s part of a theme I’ve been extending for some time. The rawness of the body as we are in real life, this part of us that is not the presentation to the world but that we all in some form or other share and I find that this is conveyed best with women. Without making it bout glam mags or those kind of things, I feel that parts we choose not to share or not to portray publicly are the most interesting. There is no perfection.
I am self taught and colour blind and not terribly successful at it yet.
I hope this has helped in some way but at the end of the day, it’s what my work means to you and how you resonate with it.