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Portrait of Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas
Archival Ink on Cotton Rag Paper
Prints are signed and numbered on front
This is a limited edition of 50 prints at 24" x 20"
© S. Brett Kaufman, '96

Growing up and discovering that Oscar Wilde was a 'homosexual', became one of my earliest awarenesses' of a famous person being gay. When I decided to delve deeper into finding out exactly who Oscar Wilde was, I picked up a copy of Richard Ellmann's biography 'Oscar Wilde'. The discovery that this English Mark Twain was sent to prison for carrying on an affair with another man, Lord Alfred Douglas, opened my eyes to how far we've come in the struggle for gay rights. In my portrait, I decided to put Lord Alfred in the cage alongside Oscar, (even though Alfred was never imprisoned), because I believe he too, was in a prison: closeted in a closed world, he too, was a victim of society's prejudices. The book pictured in the cage, is the exact book I grew up as a child looking at in the family bookshelf; it belonged to my grandfather. The two birds were my pet canaries: Oscar and Alfred. The original assemblage has sold, but prints are still available!

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S. Brett Kaufman is a San Francisco-based artist whose work is inspired by the numerous biographies he has read over the years. His ongoing series of surrealist portraits has been twenty years in the making. Brett's work is created using one of, or a combination of the following: photography, collage, and assemblage. He often thinks of his work as a puzzle that is put together piece by piece, similar to a mosaic. Each image has a separate story to tell; and likewise, a separate technique involved.

Kaufman's work has been presented in museums, galleries, and alternative spaces as varied as San Francisco City Hall, SF Camerawork, Sacramento's Crocker Art Museum, New York's Monique Goldstrom Gallery, and the Rumbach-Synagogue in Budapest, Hungary. In '96 “Ode to Harvey Milk” became the poster and playbill for the San Francisco Opera’s production of “Harvey Milk The Opera”. Brett's imagery, has graced the covers of The SF Bay Guardian, Frontiers Magazine, and over 30 issues of the San Francisco Sentinel. His art has been enthusiastically received over the years, and sits in many prestigious collections, including the Rene de Rosa Foundation in Napa Valley, the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam, and sold through the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.

Website: www.brettkaufman.com
Contact: bkaufman67 [!at] hotmail.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6HPU0o0wSE
Portrait of Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas
Archival Ink on Cotton Rag Paper
Prints are signed and numbered on front
This is a limited edition of 50 prints at 24" x 20"
© S. Brett Kaufman, '96

Growing up and discovering that Oscar Wilde was a 'homosexual', became one of my earliest awarenesses' of a famous person being gay. When I decided to delve deeper into finding out exactly who Oscar Wilde was, I picked up a copy of Richard Ellmann's biography 'Oscar Wilde'. The discovery that this English Mark Twain was sent to prison for carrying on an affair with another man, Lord Alfred Douglas, opened my eyes to how far we've come in the struggle for gay rights. In my portrait, I decided to put Lord Alfred in the cage alongside Oscar, (even though Alfred was never imprisoned), because I believe he too, was in a prison: closeted in a closed world, he too, was a victim of society's prejudices. The book pictured in the cage, is the exact book I grew up as a child looking at in the family bookshelf; it belonged to my grandfather. The two birds were my pet canaries: Oscar and Alfred. The original assemblage has sold, but prints are still available!

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S. Brett Kaufman is a San Francisco-based artist whose work is inspired by the numerous biographies he has read over the years. His ongoing series of surrealist portraits has been twenty years in the making. Brett's work is created using one of, or a combination of the following: photography, collage, and assemblage. He often thinks of his work as a puzzle that is put together piece by piece, similar to a mosaic. Each image has a separate story to tell; and likewise, a separate technique involved.

Kaufman's work has been presented in museums, galleries, and alternative spaces as varied as San Francisco City Hall, SF Camerawork, Sacramento's Crocker Art Museum, New York's Monique Goldstrom Gallery, and the Rumbach-Synagogue in Budapest, Hungary. In '96 “Ode to Harvey Milk” became the poster and playbill for the San Francisco Opera’s production of “Harvey Milk The Opera”. Brett's imagery, has graced the covers of The SF Bay Guardian, Frontiers Magazine, and over 30 issues of the San Francisco Sentinel. His art has been enthusiastically received over the years, and sits in many prestigious collections, including the Rene de Rosa Foundation in Napa Valley, the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam, and sold through the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.

Website: www.brettkaufman.com
Contact: bkaufman67 [!at] hotmail.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6HPU0o0wSE

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Reviewed by lpf17
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 21, 2016
Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac

Reviewed by Nina Markman
5 out of 5 stars
May 13, 2016
We love Brett's work and especially love this elegant image of Eleanor. Very inspirational.
Eleanor Roosevelt

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