Brent Redding is a self-taught painter, working in oils, acrylics and pastel, with considerable variation in style, believing that the subject itself dictates a lot about the direction a painting takes. However, this fluidity of style also results from fairly constant exploration.
He has always looked for pattern/design in his figurative work, and this has manifested as a series of recurring motifs (mannequins/apples/clocks/planes etc) appearing in designs circular/symmetrical/repeating. To date the resulting work has variously shown influences of surrealism, futurism, pop art and other genres. More recently this pattern fascination has invaded previously realistic landscape and seascape styles to create a disrupted reality.
Brent first exhibited in 1985 and has had solo exhibitions in various cities around New Zealand and Australia. He has worked as a graphic artist and muralist, and teaches painting part-time.
He has received a few awards including winner of the Norsewear Painting Award in 1994. In 2004 his painting, “Red, White and Blues” raised $26,000 for Cranford Hospice at the annual charity auction, a record for that event at that time.