Sebastian Bremer: To Joy


To Joy is a detailed exploration of the influences, source material and groundbreaking technique of the US-based Dutch artist.
The book is an illustrated guide – part-intelligentsia, part-phantasmagoria, part-secret journal – through the labyrinthine imagination of this contemporary arist. Sebastiaan Bremer’s work has a connection to photography, utilising a unique style of drawing directly onto photographs that he has honed over the years. The artworks explode with energy as his obsessively-painted white dots rise over his photographic canvases like clouds of smoke. Bremer creates his subjects from a swirling ring of psychedelic/art historical/personal anecdotal ecstasy. Sex, death, family, art, history, love and lust come in and out of focus as the imagery morphs into layers of alchemy and meaning.
Charlotte Cotton, esteemed independent writer and curator, introduces the book with an essay outlining the importance of Bremer’s contribution to contemporary photography. Bremer’s own personal writings are like an intimate studio visit of his artistic practice, and an essay by Gregory Volk, an art critic for Art in America and professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, poetically describes the emergence of Bremer’s unique work in Brooklyn in the 1990s. Designed by Christiaan Kuypers, a New York-based creative director, this visual book reads and flows like an autobiographic novel.

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About Sebastiaan Bremer
Sebastiaan Bremer was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1970. He attended the open studio programme at the Vrije Academie in The Hague from 1989 until 1991. During his early years, he meticulously reproduced personal photographs in paint. Onmoving to New York in 1992, he began to work primarily in black and white, reemphasising his connection to photography. Later, he began experimenting with murals, collage paintings and drawing directly on photographs, the style which hecontinues to use today.

The first detailed analysis of the paintings of Sebastiaan Bremer.
An inspiring, visual documentation of the processes employed by this Dutch-born and United States-based contemporary artist.
With informative texts and an illustrated studio visit, this book is designed to flow like an autobiographic novel.
Besides showing the work of the artist, his own personal writings give a unique insight into his artistic practice.
An in-depth introduction by esteemed author Charlotte Cotton outlines the importance of the artist’s contribution to contemporary photography.
Art critic Gregory Volk provide background to the emergence of Bremer’s unique work in Williamsburg, New York in the 1990s.
Visually interesting with outstanding graphic design.

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To Joy


Sebastian Bremer


Sebastian Bremer, Charlotte Cotton, Gregory Volk


Christiaan Kuypers


Frame Publishers








360 x 360 cm


124 pages, with 5 fold-outs / full colour




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