Piece description from the artist
View of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, CA.
Dare to be an artist is a motto that I took from Katselas. It's scary stepping into a boxing ring to fight. There's a lot of fear, but you have to move through it. Being an artist is the same, it's sometimes tough to reveal yourself, show your heart, show who you really are, but when you move through it you feel great. There's a rebirth. That's where fighting and art meet in the middle. It took me some time to understand this concept. When I first started as an artist, I didn't want to be vulnerable. I wanted to be impregnable and strong. As a fighter I'd been trained to keep my hands up, trying not to get hit by anything. But that's impossible in life. Art challenges you to reveal your flaws. It demands that things land on you so you can feel it. Now I try to keep my hands down and get knocked out each time I go to the canvas. We should all get knocked out in one way or another.
Kevin Brewerton creates art through the eyes of a fighter. After winning five world kickboxing championships, Kevin turned to art as a way of expressing himself outside of the ring.
His charismatic and flamboyant style has captured the imagination of his peers and kickboxing fans around the world. "Martial Arts Illustrated":http://www.martialartsunltd.co.uk/ wrote, "If anyone in the sport of Karate hasn't heard of Kevin Brewerton, then they must have been in a coma for the last ten years. If the sport of kickboxing karate was a sleeping giant, then it was Brewerton who came along and woke it up".
Whether it is martial art or abstract art, it's all the same to him. Kevin’s philosophy that everything is art leads him to explore a large variety mediums, including film. His provocative silent short film "Metamorphosis":http://www.kevinbrewerton.com/films?lo, which he wrote and directed, won the grand prize at the 2008 "Richard Lawson Film Festival":http://www.richard-lawson.com/studio/filmfestival/rlsfilmfestival.html.