Like many other graffiti artists—including
—Brewer eventually migrated from the street to the studio. But while he now works out his ideas indoors, he imbues everything he does with the rapid-fire energy, exuberance, and inventiveness of urban life. He also retains many of the tools and materials he used as a tagger, including rollers, spray paint, and house paint.
As his new body of work at Library Street Collective attests, Brewer is no stranger to formal considerations and fine art materials. His large-scale mixed media paintings are jam-packed with swaths of color, expressive brushstrokes, and veils of dripped pigment. His medium-scale monoprints feature a handful of vividly colored forms floating on white backdrops; small drawings executed in paint and ink pop with intersecting lines, dots, and blobs. These pieces channel the punch and compositional complexity of his public murals and sculptural works, and demonstrate his interest in materials, color, line, and scale.