Brett Moffatt graduated from Queensland College of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1992 and from Monash University a Masters Degree in Visual Arts in 2006. He also possesses Diplomas in Cosmetology, Special Effects and Theatrical make up, as well as having earned a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Visual Arts Teaching from the Queensland University of Technology in 2012.
His photographic portrait of Cate Cambell OAM is a finalist in the Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture, 2019. In 2017 his portrait of world champion swimmer Cate Campbell OAM was a semi-finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. In 2015/16 he was selected for a mentorship with Nick Knight as part of Fashion Photography: Mastered. He has been awarded nine prizes including in 2004, an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Scholarship to travel and study art in Florence, Italy; and was a finalist for the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 2003. Moffatt has had 7 solo exhibitions and has been included in over 20 group curated and commercial exhibitions including the New York International Art Expo in 2003.
Moffatt has completed works for some of Australia’s highest profile clients and designers including – Alan Jones, John Singleton, Maggie Eckardt, Sir Timothy & Lady Beverley Ward and many others. He has painted the portraits of – HRH Princesses Natalia & Irina Guicciardini Strozzi, Alan Jones, Jeff McMullen, Sir Donald Bradman, Greg Norman, Shane Warne, David Beckham, John Wolseley, Rick Amor, Euan Macleod, Nicholas Harding, Anwen Keeling, Natalie Gruzlewski, Erin McNaught and most recently, world champion swimmers Cate and Bronte Campbell.
His work hangs in corporate, public and private collections in Australia, United States, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom and Greece. He has also been commissioned to work alongside designers to create film & stage sets, theme park settings, ad campaigns, press photography, and brands. Past collaborators and clients include – Foxtel, Warner Brothers, SBS & ABC Television, Australian Film Television and Radio School, Polytech, ArtNow Studios and The Australian Yoga Journal.
Women of fashion. The Muses.
Mysterious. Provocative. Inspiring.
Driving a promise of something rare and almost unattainable, beauty blinds with its imperfect perfection.
It compels me.
I paint and photograph using age-old devices of composition and lighting to make images that embody and capture a sense of the inspiration I feel from models and fashion. The work often compares the model’s intimate reality versus the projected fantasy. I aim to lift the veil of perception to reveal more intimate thoughts. The works can be voyeuristic and often touch on other themes such as fragility, self-doubt, the need for admiration, the need for self-preservation and Eros. With social media’s ever-increasing presence in people’s lives, never have these themes and the blur between privacy and public exhibitionism been more prevalent.
I produce paintings, photographs, drawings and videos.
Selected works from past series feature here