Paul Brake was born in England and moved to The United States in 1996 where he is currently living and working in New York City. As a self-taught artist Brake uses his artistic ability to work in multiple forms of media artworks including photography, digital art, photo manipulation, and sculpture. By examining the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, Brake tries to increase the dynamic between audience and artist by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations.
Brake's artwork often leans towards the darker side of things with the intent to conveying hidden meanings and never revealing the full story. This results in the fact that the artist can easily imagine an interpretation without being hindered by the historical reality. For the audience, this leaves them with the ability to draw their own conclusions and debate their own interpretation of the artwork they are faced with.
His works are often about contact with the basic living elements. Energy (heat, light, and water), people, space, and landscape are examined in less obvious ways and sometimes re-structured and developed in absurd ways. By manipulating the viewer to generate emotional responses, he often creates several practically identical works, upon which thoughts that have apparently just been developed are manifested: notes are made and then crossed out again, ‘mistakes’ are repeated.
Brake's works are on the one hand touchingly beautiful, on the other hand painfully attractive. Again and again, the artist leaves us orphaned with a mix of conflicting feelings and thoughts.
New York City, New York
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