Gilded and spiritual images fill new exhibit by Terry Brett Opening at Morean Arts Center: Sat., Nov. 9

17 Oct 2019, Posted by Robin McGowan in News, Press Releases
art of Terry Brett

St. Petersburg, FL (November 9 thru December 29, 2019) – Transformed by his explorations of Italy, Terry Brett is perhaps experiencing an artistic rebirth as presented in the subtle and deeply layered hues of the aptly named exhibit “Iconic Renaissance” at the Morean Arts Center. An opening reception is scheduled from 5 pm to 9 pm on Saturday, November 9, as part of the St. Pete’s Arts Alliance Second Saturday Artwalk program in St. Petersburg.

Local collectors and art enthusiasts will search in vain for the contemporary and sharp edges of black and white that were his signature work just a few years ago. Brett seems to have wandered into a celebration of spring in Botticelli’s Italy.  Inspired by his travels, the raw emotion critiques praised in his black and white work, is now passionate and deeper in shimmering colors and complexity of layers. Brett has delved deep into religious iconography, frescos, mosaics and gold leaf. His adaption of timeless themes includes the use of scored clay on canvas and applied fresco images.  Brett’s subjects range from the spiritual to the mythical representing an evolution of ageless symbols imbued with infinite new meaning.

Appropriately, this celebration is a homecoming of sorts for Brett. “My first experience with the Morean was before it was the Morean. It was just the ‘Arts Center.’ I took a few painting classes and Evelyn Craft, a neighbor of mine, invited me to join the Board of Directors in 2004. I served for several years and had the joy of serving as Chairman when we signed the deal with Dale Chihuly.,” said Brett.

A native of St. Petersburg, Brett comes from a family of artists. His grandmother Ruth Willbrand, was an award-winning artist of distinction, painting figurative and abstract art during the mid-century period. Her daughter and Terry’s mother, Gail Willbrand Brett, was an accomplished portrait painter.

Brett exhibits at Leslie Curran Gallery and ARTicles, St. Petersburg, Red Herring Gallery in Tampa, and Canvas Fashion Gallery in St. Petersburg and Hyde Park.

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