Alexandre Gallery is pleased to present Brett Bigbee: New Paintings, an exhibition of recent works
that represent a significant shift in form and content from the artist’s work to date.
Brett Bigbee is known for his unique magical precisionist realist style through which he has created a
small yet consistent body of psychically intense figurative paintings that share qualities of both
European Renaissance masters and American folk art. Breaking from these disciplines and styles,
Bigbee’s most recent paintings, completed over the past year, are intimate surrealist portrayals of his
own emotional landscape. Imagery includes animals, birds, flowers and the landscape depicted in a
style that feels like imaginary contemporary illuminated manuscripts. The artist writes of this new
In the past, my paintings took years to complete. I sought to create works that required exactitude
and adhered to the disciplines devised by artists throughout history. These works are
contemplative and bring great meaning to me.
However, my life did not follow a predictable path, and my new paintings started to reflect my
internal and external conflicts. As a result, where I once almost froze each moment in silence, I
began to reveal the forces that shape us all. So here in these first paintings I explore a path toward
freedom as a visual storyteller. -Brett Bigbee (2018)