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About Brody Neuenschwander

Brody Neuenschwander is a calligrapher and text artist working in a wide range of media, from paper and canvas to textiles, metal and glass; from sculpture, light and architecture to film, performance and even human skin. He is obsessed with the fleeting nature of language. His work captures words for all time while conceding that they can never be grasped or fully understood. Neuenschwander is a dedicated teacher and has given workshops all over the world. Together with Dox Productions, London, he has recently completed a documentary on the history and future of writing for Arte, BBC and Nova.

OVER THE SHOULDER – Join for Free!

I open my portfolio and share with you some of the works I have made in the last few years. You can look over my shoulder, ask questions, and hear my thoughts on how my collages, wrong letter compositions, and other works on paper are created. And of course, there are always more ideas than I can bring to completion.

LIFE IS A COLLAGE

Sediments. Layers. Fragments. Calling up memories, revealing hidden ideas, conjuring a work of art out of experience. This is what we do every day in the search for meaning in life. Collage is my way of channeling all this energy into my art. I do not begin with an idea or even a theme. I begin with a piece of Chinese rice paper, a brush, and a stretched piece of Rives. Matter, not mind.

By |2023-01-15T16:24:36+01:00January 15th, 2023|BrodyOnline|0 Comments

One touch, one stroke, one whisper

Inspiration can come from things so close that we hardly notice them. Weeding the garden, for example. The exquisite tuft of grass at the center of this triptych, dried to a crisp by the Italian sun, demanded my attention. The sun had transformed its colors to a concert of dusty reds, gray ochers, and brilliant blood orange.

By |2022-09-09T23:57:38+02:00September 8th, 2022|Inspiration|3 Comments

THE SOUND OF SILENCE

Very special performance of “A Brush with Silence.” As bombs thunder down on innocent people, 15 calligraphers will sit quietly in an exquisitely beautiful chapel in Bruges and write words of peace in 15 different scripts and languages. We will be joined by 11 calligraphers around the world, brought to our performance by Zoom link.

Free zoom session on Monday, 28 February at 8:00pm

All clothing is a social statement. So why not make it a social activity too? Here are the results of some fantastic collaborations with fellow calligraphers and students, showing the power of teamwork and the pleasure of creating art to wear. The first kimono on this virtual catwalk was created by the marvelous Veerle Missiaen and myself.

By |2022-02-23T21:21:23+01:00February 23rd, 2022|BrodyOnline|4 Comments

Kimono Collaborations

All clothing is a social statement. So why not make it a social activity too? Here are the results of some fantastic collaborations with fellow calligraphers and students, showing the power of teamwork and the pleasure of creating art to wear. The first kimono on this virtual catwalk was created by the marvelous Veerle Missiaen and myself.

By |2022-01-26T22:38:19+01:00January 26th, 2022|Kimono, What to wear?|0 Comments

The Blue Box

Pandora herself couldn't make such a mess. The Blue Box has to be opened slowly, but even so 35 years of calligraphic sketches explode onto the floor. I'm not sure how this started. The Blue Box arrived from Houston halfway through the 1980s filled with chocolate mint Girl scout cookies (used to be my favorites before the Belgians taught me what chocolate actually is), Hook 'em Horns coffee mugs and who knows what else.

By |2021-10-15T14:30:18+02:00October 15th, 2021|Archeology of Ink|3 Comments

UNRELIABLE DOCUMENTS

Most people go to a flea market looking for old furniture, vintage clothing, and classic LPs. Calligraphers may do the same, but when a table piled high with old documents comes into view, the fever strikes - hard. I tried to bargain, but there was no budging: 40 euro for a full volume of early 18th century legal documents in Latin.

By |2021-09-22T00:31:57+02:00September 22nd, 2021|Suffering artist|0 Comments

Report from Rapicciano part 2

What do they say about dreams coming true? "It is a dangerous thing". The new studio is set up and ready to go. The frames are built and the kozo paper is stretched.  A whole crate of Golden Liquid Acrylics is on the table. Two dozen brushes, new and used, wait patiently. The sun is shining and the espresso is doing its work. The perfect moment has arrived. But where is the idea?

By |2021-07-29T23:06:37+02:00July 29th, 2021|Rapicciano, Suffering artist|4 Comments
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