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Born in 1974, Santa Monica, CA, Brandt Peters is an illustrator, character, film and animation designer who’s commercial work has thrust him to the attention of the fine art gallery circuit — an internationally exhibited self-taught artist whose work is formed from the eclectic backdrop of his childhood, his work is filled with ancient cartoons, Victorian toys and pre-WWII vintage “Pop” ephemera.
The Subject of Brandt’s paintings is a world of creepy side-show icons, deviant Animalia, and “masked” glorified cartoon alter egos. Peters utilizes these icons and character cultures as antithetical counterparts to what we are lead to believe as being innocent and socially acceptable. Although misfits on the surface, a sense of relation is understood, secret from the public we are all misfits; hiding behind animated personas, odd and beautifully unusual. Who is it that we relate to? The lonely little boy hiding in a bear suite, the evil lustful pool-hall wolf, the sexualized little girl who secretly wants more. The environment and its limited population are meant to conjure these questions; the viewers are confronted with finding their own answers.