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Brian Szeto

Not Hidden Behind Masks | Mirrored plexiglass | 2021

Artist Statement

My art practice deals with color through abstraction, process, and chance operations. Through inspiration from artists like Josef Albers, Jack Whitten, Yayoi Kusama, Peter Halley, and Anne Truitt I started to develop my own art making style. While artists and their artwork have influenced me, I can’t help but also talk about other influences in my life such as the board games I played so often both as a child and as an adult playing with children or with other adults. Other influences are cartoons, anime, role playing games like D&D, and video games. These things became my sources of inspiration for color and my inclination for bright attractive plastic like colors. They made me want to continue the fun and joy I had in life from the games through my work by having the visual pleasure of seeing the highly saturated colors in my own work.

Artwork/s at the following locations:
Cass Cafe
Collected Detroit
Public Pool

Artist Website + Social Media: 
Instagram @Bszeto_art

MR/QD Is Made Possible BY

Artists stipends made possible by Kresge Arts in Detroit

For details and more info on making a contribution to Mighty Real/Queer Detroit, please contact us at

About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.