Rebecca Brewer produces paintings, prints and felt collages that focus on a highly developed approach to figurative abstraction. Drawn from fertile grounds within the history of art, recognizable forms in Brewer’s paintings advance and dissolve into dense surfaces. Recently, the artist has produced a body of large-scale felted works that gesture simultaneously at clothing or garments, articulating an absent figure, and to illustrative textiles and hangings, creating a ground upon which to “picture” elusive forms.
Brewer was born in Tokyo in 1983 and currently lives in Vancouver. She completed her BFA at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, and her MFA at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Brewer’s work has been included in solo exhibitions at Exercise, Vancouver; Galerie Werner Whitman, Montréal; and Helen Pitt Gallery Artist-Run Centre, Vancouver, and group exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery; SFU’s Audain Gallery, Vancouver; and Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff. The artist is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver.