7×13 | 2021 | Series 1 | Brian Bertram

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Brian Bertram NSW


What was the inspiration behind the piece that is a part of the SWELL Sculpture Festival 2021?

My piece was inspired by a stuffed toy.

Do you follow a process or plan for each new piece or do you ‘wing it’?

My work process covers the full spectrum, sometimes meticulously planned, sometimes just “suck it and see” what develops.

Would you describe your artistic journey as a slow burn or a wild ride?

Definitely a slow burn.

Can you tell us a little bit more about how you became the artist that you are today?

I have always made things; sometimes practical, generally sculptural. The quality of my work hasn’t changed much over time, although consistency of concept, materials and execution has varied greatly. I enjoy amateur status and the freedom it gives.

Describe your ideal environment where your creative juices flow?

In my workshop.

Is there an artist or body of work that you would consider your muse?

No, although I once considered Michaelangelo as such.

If you had to choose 3 words to describe your artistic style, what would they be?

Amateur, artistic, freedom.

Beyond SWELL 2021, is there a forthcoming project you are most excited about?


What does exhibiting in SWELL 2021 mean to you?

Occasionally putting my work on display.

Is there anything you do to continue developing as an artist? Would you describe yourself as self-taught or formally educated in your practice?

Early training in drawing, painting and sculpture, followed by many years of exploration as practice.

If you were to go on a holiday, would you venture to the ocean or the mountains?


Gourmet restaurant or home-cooked meal?


How would you describe your taste in music?


The Author

Courtney Stephens is an emerging creative event producer based in Tweed Heads. After a successful career as a Practice Manager, her passion for the creative arts industry has led her to study a Bachelor of Business in Convention and Event Management. She hopes to balance her love for the arts, culture and nature with her strengths in communication and management to create community based events.

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