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Brett a’Court

I have been a painter for twenty years, I live in Northland and exhibit regularly in New Zealand.

The intention of my work is to reveal some aspect of what I see as the dazzling darkness of Divine light. I have been increasingly interested in low art religious imagery, with it’s emphasis on emotion and sincerity to communicate devotion and belief. Catholic images derived principally from the Baroque, have always had a powerful impact on me personally. My own work deals with these images, dissecting the imagery to unveil the fight within, aware also of my place in an Aotearoa, with it’s foundations soaked in Maori and Christian spirituality.

With my own work I have wanted to transcend metaphors and symbols. The eyes of the viewer, with the faith of the artist, combine to birth a reality that incorporates a metaphysical reality, beyond the surface of materials.

This is my exploration and intention, using the narratives from the Bible, Catholic prayer, Maori mythology, and my own personal faith .

Brett a Court, 2020

Exhibition History

2002  Lectio Devina solo show Letham Gallery Auckland

2002-7 showing at Grantham gallery Auckland

2006  Lingua Sacra solo show Art-Artz Parnell Auckland
2008′ Theology and Art group show Salisbury house Dunedin
2008′ Do not Fear’ solo show Wallace Gallery Auckland
2008 Wallace Art award finalist show
2009’Pathos’ solo show Satellitte Gallery Auckland
2009 Joint show with Ewan McDougall Thermostat Gallery Palmerston North
2010 ‘Crucifixion’ Group show with David Sarich and Barry Squire, Hangar Gallery Whangarei
2010 Group show Village Arts Gallery, Kohukohu Hokianga
2011 ‘Credo and Quest’ group show Whangarei Art Museum
2013 ‘Several Artists’ Group show with James Robinson,Jane Zusters,Alistair Nisbet -Smith, Geoff Tune.Art-Artz.
2013 ‘Fabrications’ group show with Allie Eagle, Jeff Thompson, Jessica Crothall.3rd space, Auckland.
2013 ‘Visions of reality’ solo show Museum of the Vernacular Auckland
2013 ‘Grottos,Shrines and Sacred spaces’ with Karl Maughan,J.K Russ,Siren Delux, Peter Ireland.Thermostat Gallery Palmerston North.
2015 ‘Exhibition of selected works from the collection’.Whangarei art Museum .
2015 ‘House of Cards’ group show The Incubator, Tauranga
2015-2016 ‘Flesh and Spirit’ solo show, Pah Homestead,TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre.Auckland.

2017 ‘Printing & Paint Atelier’ group show, with Russell G shaw, Scott McFarlane,Megan Corbett,Chris Wilkie.Hangar art gallery

2018 ‘Sheep, goats and other introduced spirits’, solo show Hangar art Gallery

2020 MD(Megan Dickinson gallery) gallery group exhibition

2020 ‘Mugshots” Hangar Gallery’ group exhibition

Collections and Awards
The Whangarei Art Museum collection
The James Wallace Arts Trust Collection
Art-Artz collection
2008 Wallace art award finalist
Whakatane National ceramics Finalist 2003


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