Sebastiaan Bremer – To Joy


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A detailed exploration of the influences, source material and groundbreaking technique of Sebastiaan Bremer.

To Joy  is an illustrated guide through the labyrinthine imagination of contemporary artist Sebastiaan Bremer – part-intelligentsia, part-phantasmagoria, part-secret journal. His works explode with energy as his obsessively-painted white dots rise over his photographic canvases like clouds of smoke. Born in Amsterdam, 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. Supplemented with Bremer’s own personal writings – 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.

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.

Publication Details

  • Released 8 September 2015
  • Frame Publishers
  • Written by Sebastiaan Bremer, Charlotte Cotton and Gregory Volk
  • Graphic design by Christiaan Kuyper
  • English
  • 124 pages, with 5 fold-outs / full colour / hardcover 
  • 330 x 330 mm
  • ISBN 978-94-91727-78-8
  • €34.00 (excluding shipping costs)

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