About the artist: John Bremer is a Monett, Missouri, artist who earned an art education degree from Missouri State University, Springfield. He became a high school art teacher and embarked on a 42-year teaching career that was interrupted only by a stint in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Over the years he had all but abandoned his own artistic career, but after his mother suffered a devastating stroke, Bremer took on the role of caregiver and suddenly found himself faced with long stretches of free time.
"A solution for this wasted time came to me," Bremer says. "I started to do my own art work. Time suddenly became productive studio time." He says his style was born of a resolution to make every day a creatively productive one.
Hands-On Workshop with John Bremer | Saturday, August 15, 1-3pm |
Ages: 14-Adult | Cost: $37
Learn from a current exhibiting artist! John Bremer teaches his techniques to create textural, colorful, eye-popping paintings. Cost includes all materials. Register at 417.623.0183.
About this exhibit: Texture, color and pattern radiate from the walls of the Regional Focus Gallery and spill over into the upstairs hallway outside Spiva's offices for John Bremer: Tactile Dimensions. The exhibition, sponsored by Corner Greer Architects, runs through September 6.
Bremer’s work features layered geometric and abstract shapes, each covered with textural material and added to the whole to create large-scale works. A variety of painting and rubbing techniques yield the vivid colors that typify his complex, abstract constructions.
"I like lots of color," says Bremer. "I like the way things can be broken down into simple shapes. I like texture. I like the feel of things--weathered wood, rocks, fabrics, and textures of all sorts. I like things to be organized. So, in my painting, I am compelled to organize my shapes, color, textures into some kind of design." He likens the organization of his colors and shapes to a quilt.
Bremer created several small works for the exhibit, designing them to be touched for the hands-on, tactile experience implied by the exhibition title.
John Bremer: Tactile Dimensions is presented with additional financial assistance from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency