I draw portraits from photos. I use pastels for the range of colours and relative ease of use. Instead of paper I thought using fabric would be more interesting to work with. After some experimentation I have a system of calico on frames at a size of 50x75cm. I have also had a few commissions for larger work at 75cmx1m. I have tried smaller too, but it is fiddly and you lose a lot of detail that way.

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The name Avalon Prand was coined to be a unique name for signing up for tumblr. Avalon in Sydney is where I grew up. Prand is my Estonian grandfather’s surname, that he later germanicised into Brandt.

The name Swiss was coined comparing the contents of my pockets to a swiss army knife. You can rely on me to have a pen handy at all times.

I have always enjoyed drawing, whether in pencil, ink or pastel. For a while I focussed on making bold black and white ink studies and lino cuts.

My favourite artists include Alfonse Mucha and Modigliani.

I like listening to Ryuichi Sakamoto, Scritti Politti, Camille, They Might Be Giants and many others. Bach is great too.

Continue reading for an incomprehensible Artist Bio:

Peter Brandt (°1965, Sydney, Australia) makes drawings primarily in pastel on fabric. By using a realistic yet selective approach, Brandt touches various overlapping themes and strategies. Several reoccurring subject matter can be recognised, such as the relation with popular culture and media, working with repetition, provocation and the investigation of the process of expectations.

His drawings often refers to pop and mass culture. Using written and drawn symbols, a world where light-heartedness rules and where rules are undermined is created. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, he often creates work using creative game tactics, but these are never permissive. Play is a serious matter: during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation.

His works are notable for their perfect finish and tactile nature. This is of great importance and bears witness to great craftsmanship. By focusing on techniques and materials, he considers making art a craft which is executed using clear formal rules and which should always refer to social reality.

His works are characterised by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of middleclass mentality in which recognition plays an important role. Peter Brandt currently lives and works in Blue Mountains.

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