Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Tainui
Brett (1967) is a New Zealand sculptor highly regarded for his ability to abstract complex historical and cultural ideas into formally strong and beautiful sculptural forms. Brett places strong emphasis on materiality and surface with the formal simplicity of his sculptural pieces and predominant use of wood and stone.
Brett began his studies at the University of Auckland in 1985 then moved on to gain an MFA from the University of Hawaii 1991, and a Doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of Auckland in 2005.
Brett's work engages in a dual dialogue of Māori and European histories whilst adhering to the modernist emphasis on form and material quality. Although his works may not directly invoke Māori sculptural tradition, they nonetheless speak of that tradition in their titles and concept. His work is accessible at an aesthetic, personal and historical level, enabling both the object and viewer to occupy a common ground.