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was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1957. He graduated with honours from Toronto’s Central Technical School Special Fine Art Program in 1981 where he majored in sculpture, and was the recipient of The K. A. Griffith Award and the Peter Haworth Award For Meritorious Achievement. He is a member of The Sculptors Society of Canada and The Royal British Society of Sculptors. Brett has created public and commission based cast bronze sculpture for 25 years, working in all facets of non-ferrous metals from welding, fabrication, chasing and fountain design, and has combined other materials into his works such as stained glass and stone. For 25 years, Brett has also studied and designed specialized patina formulas for his own works and many Canadian and international artists. He teaches chemical patination and conducts workshops at local and international art colleges and art foundries. His travels abroad have earned him an international reputation as a bronze artist with numerous public works in Asia, United Kingdom, USA and Canada.
For many years, Brett has worked extensively with many prominent landscaping firms in the public and private sector, integrating site specific bronze sculptures and bronze water features into the landscape designs.
His figurative sculptures are based on a 19th century classical style, that are designed as public monuments to immortalize a significant person, family or historic event that have become landmarks in the community and have been key in the promotion of culture and tourism.
The most recent works are based on the female form, some integrated with architectural elements that are derivative of ancient Greece and Rome, emulating the beauty of women, and presented in a classical and fragmented form. They replicate ancient artefacts, unearthed from their natural habitats, simulating a re-discovery of an ancient style of art, exemplified by the patina applied to each bronze, which is a crucial element, to signify these works originated from this particular time period.
Brett’s abstract works project a new Renaissance of art in architecture derived from the ingenuity of ancient civilizations who combined the human form with structural elements, giving birth to a timeless architectural style. The relationship to space is most significant in these larger scale works. They are conceptualized to be incorporated into new or existing architecture and landscape designs, that harmonize with the environment and its natural surroundings.
He uses bronze as his material of choice for its recognition as a noble metal, and for its longevity, outdoor durability and structural properties it possesses, and the extensive repertoire of patina colors that compliment the form and enhance the descriptive nature of each sculpture.
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