Brett Moffatt is an Australian based artist. His work focuses on presence/absence in relation to memories, dreams and fantasies. Often evoking the surreal, his work reflects the inner emotional worlds of the subjects as well as how objects and places contain the ethereal sense of memories and imaginings. He captures personal and provocative responses of his subjects. His work evokes a haunting sense of mystery and beauty, perpetuating the traditions of romantic painting and literature. This is underpinned by authentic, direct and meaningful experiences with his subjects. His content focuses on people, however also includes still lives and places.
He 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 was highly commended as a finalist in the Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture, 2019. His painted portrait of aboriginal elder Maroochy Barambah was selected as a finalist in the inaugural Brisbane Portrait Prize, Powerhouse Museum. 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, Maggi 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, world champion swimmers Cate & Bronte Campbell, Miss World Australia 2018, Taylah Cannon, and aboriginal elder of the Turrbal nation, Maroochy Barambah.
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.
He produces paintings, photographs, drawings and videos. Selected works from past series feature here