The fantastical yet disquieting paintings of Dutch artist G-BRECHT depict a strange meeting place between nature and human technology: a plane flies through a coral reef, strip lights hang from trees and luminous monitors are to be found lurking in swampy almost prehistoric settings. These are contemporary landscapes or ‘Zones’ in which the artificial systems of the modern world interfere with a denatured landscape which is anything but picturesque. Whereas surveillance monitors, lighting systems, cockpits and control stations hum on standby, human presence can only be suspected. In ‘Frontier’ for instance, the landscape burns ferociously in intense yellow and crimson flames, but inexplicably the fire can be watched from an almost clinical distance, behind a glass window in a control room. Monitors are installed above, to survey the scene from multiple angles or replay moments of interest. Combining different dimensions a new estranging image occurs, putting it outside the frame of time in silence waiting to be broken.

Wanting to divert the viewer from any readings that are too literal, his Zones are suggestive, hypothetical and theatrical, staged from the perspective of a window, so that the viewer is compelled to look and interpret the scene and effectively complete the image.


G-BRECHT completed his MA degree at Goldsmiths College University of London (in 2001), following his study at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (MA) and the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. His work is in numerous public and private collections. he has exhibited extensively in Europe, the US and London.