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Brett Wilson's art is a vessel for positivity

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Brett Wilson is by no means a conventional artist. Though he has been painting for the better part of 17 years, he's the first to admit that he's not a studied painter.

"I have never had an art class," he says. "I studied chemistry in college. I just do this for my enjoyment."

You'd never guess it from looking at his work. His large-scale paintings, in oil on wood, incorporate a mix of still-life with conceptual imagery. Many include vessels, like cups or baskets, of some sort.

"A lot of my work is derived from spiritual concepts," Wilson explains. "I try to make them relevant and appealing to modern society. The vessel image is a reference to the idea of being a vessel for the will of God. I, myself, am a devout Christian, but I don't like the term. It has too many negative connotations. I try to show my faith as a positive force rather than a tool for world domination.

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"I create pieces that I hope are relevant to individuals. I'm not endeavoring to revolutionize the art world. I'm not trying to be inflammatory, [to] convert or proselytize. I'm just trying to make a positive impact and try to use images that speak to ideas like unification and tolerance; they just happen to have a spiritual basis for me."

Bettina Swigger capsule

Works by Brett Wilson

OpticalReverb Gallery,

218 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 101

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.; through May 3

Free; call 210-9799 for more information.

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