Mark Brusse, Sleep, 2014
Tempera and pastel on paper
Mounted on canvas
height 126 cm
width 71 cm
Mark Brusse (Alkmaar, 1937) studied at the Art Academy in Arnhem, together with Klaas Gubbels, Jan Cremer and Dirk van Bentum. In 1960 he left for Paris, the epicenter of art, where he became acquainted with the world of the Nouveaux Réalistes, which also included Jean Tinguely and Yves Klein. Here Brusse had his breakthrough as an artist. He traveled to New York in the mid-1960s. After this, Brusse lived and worked in many different places around the world, such as Berlin, India, Morocco, Portugal, Taiwan, South Korea, Italy and Japan. His work shows clear influences and traces of his travels.
Japan in particular has been of great importance to Brusse. When he spent three months in Tokyo in 1983, he made drawings and collages with sober compositions and materials, which radiate great tranquility. He also stayed in the Japanese village of Kakunodate. His research into the life of the Japanese artist Odano led to a collection of letters, which were compiled in the book The Heart of Odano. After Japan, he went to Korea. When he returned around 1990, he made a series of large works on handmade Korean paper.
Brusse now lives and works in Paris. He regularly works for a long time in his studio on the Breton coast.
Brusse's versatile oeuvre includes paintings, ceramics, gouaches, objects and sculptures made of wood, bronze and stone.
Brusse's work can be found in collections in the Netherlands and abroad. There is a large selection in the Centre Pompidou in Paris and his work is represented in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and in Museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen, where the retrospective exhibition 'Sometimes I wonder' was shown in 2019. From November 24, 2021 to March 6, 2022, the exhibition 'Mark Brusse – Shapes of Silence' in Museum Beelden aan Zee is devoted to the sculptures of Brusse, of which about a hundred are shown from all periods and made of the different materials with which Brusse has worked.
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