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.
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.
My work focuses on people’s life’s journeys and more often, famous people that my audience shares an interest in. The paintings, photographs and graphic works are mostly figurative, and I aim to represent the person as a subject in a bigger picture, but not a portrait as such.
I aim to go deeper, comparing a person’s intimate reality versus the projected reality. In past work, I’ve compared an artist’s working environment to their work, attempting to link influences and contrasts. Likewise, work with high profile people and models has also been about lifting the veil of perception to reveal more intimate insights. 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’m interested in the environment influencing a person, their life and work. This can be very personal, local to a person’s home, to how a person is represented and perceived in the media on the international stage. How a person may interact with, influence or embrace those environments and cultural movements intrigues me. It’s in comparing those extremes, from the very intimate, to the very public, that drives my practice.
Selected works from past series feature here