Peter was asked to help out with designing a flyer for a fundraising afternoon tea.
We ended up with a stall on the day with four framed paintings up for silent auction and a bunch of postcards for $2 each. Postcards are much easier to carry than framed 50x75cm portraits and many people were happy to buy a few. Continue reading Postcards
One of the highlights of this year has been working with Geoff Weule on a cover for his autobiography. His surname is pronounced “Wye-lee” – there’s a story behind it but that’s not the most interesting part of this multi-faceted gentleman. Continue reading Once Upon a Record
We should do this more often – a peek into a typical day in Peter’s studio. Restarting a commission – because there is no Ctrl-Z undo function when it comes to actual hand drawing. Three year old daughter in improvised ballerina costume dancing in the background. The studio is quite cold in the winter, hence the beanie and jacket though the cold doesn’t seem to affect ballerinas so much.
Preserving the highlights of the great Melbourne Art Exhibition.
Opening 1st May 6-9pm Exhibition 2nd May to 10th May Avalon Prand Peter Brandt
The value in his work is more as an exercise; to him, the finished piece is incidental.
Peter’s daily discipline produces prolific portraiture. Vindicated by an online appetite for consistent sources of content, people all over the world volunteering their faces for his habit. And a drawing archive of thousands to match. But even a cultivated habit requires courage to break. The struggle between being too conservative with colour, but hating to waste a drawing by being too crazy. This is his careful tightrope act to extract that elusive, effective technique.
Peter started putting up old work in the tunnel underneath our local railway station a few months ago. Each drawing is labelled with the subject and webpage along with a little note saying “TAKE ME HOME” and they disappear really quickly.
Remember this for next year: Art Drop Day 1st Tuesday in September.
We’re brainstorming how this idea could help find homes for the many portraits waiting in Peter’s studio.
The general idea is to join a world wide treasure hunt for random artwork. Each artist leaves work in a public place and posts to social media using the hashtag #artdropday. They can be as clear or cryptic as they want. Anyone can browse posts with this tag and look out for any drops in their area.