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Art of England

'Offering an almost out-of-body experience, they bounce you around, pull you inside, and make you feel a little inebriated, at the very least.

Constantly changing appearance, transcending time and emotion, each super-size canvas responds to the slightest movement of light.'

The Journal of Wild Culture.

'..Brewer navigates a delicate balance between harmony and disorientation... These are works that demand one spend time with them.'

'A God Awful Small Affair'

'Brewer’s paintings powerfully evoke this embodied moment of uncertainty: an existential insecurity that seems to be a condition of contemporary urban living.  Her canvases move and respond to the body of the viewer like ‘mini-movies’. 

...drawn from life they seem familiar and yet are disturbing; beneath the beauty of the surface there is always something to unsettle the attentive viewer.' Rosemary Betterton.

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Writing on the theatre piece 'Each of Us' written and performed by Ben Moor, interacting with the exhibition 'Have Love (whoa baby) Will Travel'.

'Brewer’s paintings are mysterious beasts. They’re also quite, quite wonderful. They’re built from deep darks and strange chemical glows, as if they’re emerging from deadly developing fluids or luminescing in the depths of the ocean.' Stewart Pringle

Wild Culture Diary.

In the latest instalment of the series, we select the best events taking place across the world in the month ahead.

LONDON: The incomparably brilliant Kerry Brewer has her first solo show since 2010 at Unity in Clerkenwell this month. Brewer is one of the most technically exciting painters around today, using layer upon layer of glaze to gradually mask and conceal the composition's original narrative. From darkly shimmering depths to slowly emergent moments of revelation and apparent understanding: Brewer manipulates the loopholes in our perception, identified by modern neuroscience since the 1960s. These are paintings that demand and reward extended viewing. (Sept 2013)

Where No Bird Can Fly Nor Fish Can Swim


This is an exploration into the work and practices British artist Kerry Brewer has been developing over seven years. Dark and sumptuous, these large-scale, heavily glazed canvases respond constantly to changes in light and the movements of the viewer. The book is a journey through these paintings, revealing ‘stills’ from the works up close and almost as if frame by frame. In these works, Brewer combines theories on the growing scientific studies of perception with buried narratives of disquieting under-painting. Neither figurative nor abstract, the effect is disorientating and consuming. The book brings together and explores a selection of nine of these works and presents them for the first time in print.

Designed by Philip Lewis

Photography by David Brunetti

In association with Sam Fogg

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"One of the most exciting pieces I have seen for some time."

Antony Gormley on the B.A final exhibition.

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