Beauty, love, passion and fun captured by Michael Breyette. Featuring his paintings and publishing our exclusive interview with Michael.
The the knot
Where are you from?
Originally from upstate NY near the Canadian border, close to Montreal. I now live in Vermont after having lived in Massachusetts for many years.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
There are have been so many significant milestones: being included in books alongside many artists I admire, my first book, my first solo show, being part of a museum exhibition etc. But really the best part has been the love and support of patrons of my work which has allowed me to make a living at it.
Summers at the lake
Your themes on your paintings are very various. How do you get the ideas what to paint next?
Inspiration can come from anywhere, so I just try to be open and aware. Sometimes I want to capture the beauty and love in seemingly mundane moments, other times it’s fun and passion, sometimes I have to express my feelings on a social or political issue. It’s very much about the mood I’m in at the time.
Is there any special thing that can inspire you?
Since it can come from anywhere, there really isn’t. But since people are my subject matter, of course people inspire me. I think I’m particulary drawn to people interacting with kindness and appreaciation of each other and their enviroment.
Santas little helper
Your figures are very classy and all looks like real mens. Nowdays, not easy to find them on the streets.
What is your point of view of gay lifestyle in 2017?
There is as broad a spectrum in the gay ’community’ as there are in other communites. There are generational differences, various sexual attitudes, opposing values, and all kinds of perceptions on what it means ’to be gay’, so it’s hard to give one view on ’gays in 2017’. There even are numerous but very different gay stereotypes. There are those who strive for the hetero-nomal lifestyle, the ’I’m-just-like-a-straight-person-except-I’m-gay’ guys, who want to be married, have kids, a dog and picket fence. There are the ’I-need-to-look-like-a-porn-star-and-you-do-too’ hyper-sexual, masculine, muscle obsessed guys, the ’i’m-gay-and-you’re-gonna-know-it’ flamboyant, fashion, pop-culture lovers, etc. But the truth is, most of us fall somewhere in between, with little parts of each. I think we all just need to be ourselves, not become what someone else in (or outside) our community thinks we should be. AND we need to accept others for who they are. The world would be boring if we were all the same.
You published two books and you publish a calendar for every year. Is there any upcoming book or big project in the future?
Well of course I have my 2018 calendar. I am also looking into doing another book. This time on my own and not through an independent publisher. Right now that seems a bit daunting because I want it to be comprehensive, not just images of my work but also include my thoughts on them, my process, in progess images etc. And I want it to span from the beginning of my career to the present, not just the years since my last book.
My side of the mountain
My side of tranquility
Love and war
La dolce vita