Brighton-born, Berlin-based collage artist Patrick Bremer’s was, arguably, born to be an artist. Having grown up in a very artistic family, with his father being a painter and art teacher, his roots are found in classical painting. Born in 1982, Bremer studied painting at Wimbledon College of Art in London and is a recipient of The DeLazlo Foundation Award for his portraiture from The Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
But though his background is in painting, his passion lies in collage making. Like most passions, it was discovered by chance. “I ended up doing collage out of circumstance,” he wrote in a piece published on Artsy Shark. “I am lucky to have a good studio, but in the winter months it is so cold in there that I wanted to find a way of working at home in the evenings, but without destroying the house with paint.”
His solution was collage art. “I had a pile of old magazines so I began cutting them up,” he recalls. “Since then they have been growing larger and more experimental, getting freer with the knife each time and trying to treat them in my mind as paintings or drawings.”
He hasn’t looked back since. His artwork is a colorful (sometimes overly-colorful) exploration of textures and shapes, forming eye-popping images out of paper cuttings. “I love the exploration involved with collage work,” says Bremer. “The pictures work on the first level as a portrait, but then you can move closer to explore and read the information within it,” he explains.
Take a peek at some of his work in the gallery below.