TribeLA Magazine Acrostic Interview by Brett Gilbert
Tagline: Give yourself and your work a Tagline and tell us why.
Brett: I’m a Comedian, Actor, turned Artist, and Father.
Rest: How do you spend your time off Resting and Relaxing?
Brett: Sketching. Always sketching. Drawing ideas. Inking. Colorizing. A vacation for me is going to a coffee shop and drawing for 6 hours.
Influence: How do you hope to Influence and affect your audience?
Brett: A love for art. I hope it inspires those who have always been wanting to start painting or creating to actually pick up the brush and paint that first stroke. I’m always messaging my fellow artists to jump start their day with my trademark text “MAKE EPIC ART!!!!!”
Back: If you could go Back and choose a past literary/art/music movement to be a part of, which would you choose?
Brett: I have a special place in my heart for the impressionist movement. I love the Internet, movies, and showers, so I doubt I could actually live in that era, and I’m not sure I’d want to hang around a guy psychotic enough to cut off his own ear.
Energy: What fires you up and give’s you Energy?
Brett: New seasons of Game of Thrones or Rick and Morty. Also, when I get a rock band client ask me to design a poster for them, I ask what do they want and they simply say, “just make it look cool.” When they love your portfolio enough and they trust you to do anything, that fires my creativity to Jupiter.
Los Angeles: Where is your favorite place in Los Angeles and why?
Brett: The Getty is where I take all my friends and family that visit. They have a great collection of of Monets and Van Goghs. The garden area is beautiful as well. Pinks hot dog is overrated – news flash it’s JUST a hot dog. To defend LA in one sentence: This is where Kermit the Frog made his epic journey to the Muppet Movie to build an empire of entertaining the world!
Advice: What is the best Advice you’ve received? What is the best advice you can give?
Brett: To beginning artists: draw everyday. Every. Day. Drain mountains of BIC pens. Work every pencil to the eraser. To aspiring comedians: get on stage every night. Every. Night. Find and open mic somewhere or start one.
Aura: How would you describe your Aura, style, etc.?
Brett: My latest series “Monsters, Flowers, and Mushrooms” is a psychedelic energetic style (or movement) that is definitely Lowbrow Pop Surrealist. I enjoy making people laugh with my work too. My photo manipulations are purely for comedy. I also have a bit of a dark sense of humor. My “Teddy Bear and Bunny” series is a shining example of that. Since becoming a father, I’ve developed a love for puns with my T-shirt designs.
Room: Where is your favorite Room to work and why?
Brett: I usually sit at my computer desk at home and listen to podcasts on my computer while I work, but I can go anywhere with my sketchbook and get lost in the zone.
Tools: What Tools do you prefer to work with, physically and otherwise?
Brett: I use mechanical pencils, so I don’t have to sharpen a point constantly. Then black ink, BIC pen. Then paint in Photoshop. When I paint in oils, I use a spoon to give a thick relief.
Indulgence: What is your favorite Indulgence? Do you cook? What is your specialty meal? What is your favorite restaurant in LA where you indulge yourself?
Brett: I have an addiction to Trader Joe’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups. My favorite restaurant in LA is Little Toni’s in North Hollywood. Hands down the best pizza in the city!
Special: Who or what holds a Special place in your heart? How does this factor into your creative process?
Brett: My 4-year old twin daughters, Citrus and Zofija. I work ten times harder as an artist than I ever did since they were born.
Time: What is your all-Time favorite piece of art that you created and why?
Brett: My 40″x70″ oil painting of Candyland in my “Retropop” series. I’ve sold all but three paintings in that series and I purposely set the price so high it’s never sold. I don’t know if I ever want to let it go. Eventually I will. Every work of art I create belongs on someone else’s wall.
Brett Gilbert is also known for his pop art oil paintings of retro cereal box covers along with board and video game panels. I love Brett’s inventiveness with his oil paintings. His endless creative spark is another of his traits. He’s prolific and is always making a ton of new stuff. He’s shown in many downtown galleries (we were both in a group show in Eagle Rock awhile back and I believe we’ve had our work hanging at a restaurant or two together). Some of the galleries are: The Hive, Cannibal Flower, and Meltdown Comics. Brett also puts his cartoon art on everything; phones, shirts, you name it, and is working on a series of invented comic monsters that he’s conjuring up. He’s a work horse and very talented. Chris Bonno
Thank you Brett for being our Artist of the Week!