This man of multiple lineages, including Native American; multiple talents, including a line of cowboy-tinged greeting cards and hometown public art murals; multiple awards; and an ever-evolving artistic vision, has been called “an enigma.” But Stokes says his underlying mission is clear: “My creations are a portrayal of my own inner life: Chaos, Beauty, Fear, Balance, Peace.”
The exhibit marks Stokes’ second ArtBeat collaboration. ArtBeat Owner Kait Matthews says, “It is an honor to display Brett’s work. This exhibit is a departure from his 2014 Tahitian-inspired collection, but everything this intuitive artist creates is bold, revealing and simultaneously highly personal and spiritually universal.”
Stokes says that is precisely what he is striving to communicate. “For simplicity’s sake, I call the exhibit ‘New Works,’ but it could be titled ‘Semblance’ because each painting represents something that both is and is not what it appears on the surface to be. In creating these pieces, I decided to make myself happy by exploring and experimenting; painting what I liked and changing what I didn’t like. At its core, each piece is a quest and celebration of what it means to be human.”
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