In late March I visited my cousin Lisa, whose mother was Jim’s sister Joan. Lisa and her two brothers have a nice collection of Brewton works, and I had not seen any of the pictures in decades. While I was there, Lisa allowed me to measure and photograph the front and back of each work.
As always, the combination of gravitas and wit, size, and presence of Jim’s work took me by surprise. Letter from the Past has a subtle exclamation point in the upper left quadrant that didn’t show in previous photographs; Til: Trine #3 sports potent mixed-media elements. Both Mother As A Little Girl and the untitled boat painting are larger than I’d expected.
This summer we're excited to be arranging the cleaning and restoration of Jim's masterpiece, The Bombardment of Kobenhavn by Vice Admiral Lord Nelson in 1801: The Mad Laughter of Courage (1966-67, mixed media on canvas, 49" x 86"). It's a work created with very mixed media, including a working lightbulb and a bra, as well as delicate penciled graffiti, so cleaning it will be a complicated task. We're looking forward to seeing the results.
Thank you for your interest and support! Below are more new photographs of artwork from Lisa's collection.