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Jeff Britting

Still Lives: Three Flowers from My Garden, Alive Then Lost, but with Me, Still | 9” x 12” each | Pastel pencil on tan paper. Five drawings | 2020

Artist Statement

I work in music, theater, literature and film, diverse forms that offer performative contributions to the visual arts. Visual art is a lifelong tonic. Drawing and painting refresh and simplify. Drawings strip away the intermediaries of performers, stages, technology and words, and reveal my artistic focus: the discerning recreation of objects in this world that depict original innocence. The current work–Still Lives: Three Flowers from My Garden, Alive Then Lost, but with Me, Still–is a set of 5 drawings forming a cross. The vertical axis of the cross is anchored by a self-portrait, a drawing based on a 1985 portrait by photographer, Mark A. Vieira. The horizontal axis is formed by portraits of three intimates now deceased from AIDS. (From left to right: Lee, 1983; Christopher, 1988 and Henk 1984.) The vertical axis is capped by a 2020 self-portrait.

Artwork/s at the following locations:
Scarab Club

Artist Website + Social Media:
Instagram @jeffbritting

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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.