Sebastiaan Bremer








Sebastiaan Bremer is renowned for transforming ordinary snapshots into grandly baroque and surreal tableaux by a careful process of retouching and enlargement. Since his first solo show, in 1994, he has exhibited in venues such as the Tate Gallery, London, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, and the Aldrich Museum, Connecticut. He has been based in the United States since 1992.

Although Bremer has always been interested in photography, it wasn’t until the late 1990s that he began to draw directly on the surface of photographs. He has been inspired in part by nineteenth century spirit photography, and fin de siècle Symbolists such as the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, and painter Odilon Redon, but his methods partake of advanced photographic techniques. Often he will begin with a simple snapshot of friends or family or familiar places, and after enlarging it far beyond conventional dimensions, he will begin altering and embellishing the image with India ink and photographic dye. 

He has often used the ink to produce fine patterns of lines reminiscent of cobwebs, or readings from seismographs. Photographic dyes also enable him to blur and mute some forms while accentuating others, and make some colors bloom while others recede into mysterious darkness. The result is an image that seems to literally vibrate with hidden consequence, as if the subject matter has sent cracks across the surface of the picture. Whilst Bremer’s choice of images inevitably grounds his work in his own biography, his imagery also makes reference to alchemy, art, and the occult, establishing unexpected connections between ordinary life, history, and the unconscious.

Sebastiaan Bremer lives and works in New York. He studied at the Vrije Academie, The Hague, and Skowhegan School of Art and Sculpture, Maine. He has published two major catalogs: Monkey Brain (2003), and Avila (2006). His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Born in 1970, Amsterdam, NL
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, USA

Vrije Academie, The Hague, NL 


Here Comes The Sun, Hales Gallery, London, UK

Sebastiaan Bremer: Ave Maria, Edwyn Houk Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Sanctuary 21C, 21C Museum Hotel, Nashville, TN, USA
Sanctuary, The San Damiano Mission, New York, NY, USA

Recording Studio A, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Street called straight, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL  
Spilaio, Hales Gallery, London, UK

MOCA Bas-Relief (Mike-Papa-Bravo), MOCA Tucson, AZ, USA

Sebastiaan Bremer, The Dikeou Collection, Denver, CO, USA
Sebastiaan Bremer, Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, USA
Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue, Galeria Leme, São Paulo, BR

Eyes, Edwynn Houk Gallery, Zurich, CH
Egmont Revisited, Hales Gallery, London, UK 

Nudes and Revolutions, Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, USA 

Invasões Holandesas, Galeria Leme, Sao Paulo, BR 

Baruch In the Sky with Diamonds, mural at Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, NL 

Small Wonders, Hales Gallery, London, UK
Panta Rei, BravinLee Programs, New York, USA
Dream a Little Dream of Me, Het Vijfde Seizoen, Den Dolder, NL
Triptych, James Fuentes LLC, New York, USA
Microkosmos, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, DE

Solo Project, Volta Halle, Hales Gallery, Basel, CH
Cold Turkey, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, DE 

Sebastiaan Bremer, Roebling Hall, New York, USA
Kraaij, Hales Gallery, London, UK 

Sub Neblina Use Luz Baixa, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, NL
Sebastiaan Bremer, Galica, Milan, IT 

Seething, Lying And Other Works, Satellite, New York, USA
Monkey, Air de Paris, Paris, FR 

Sebastiaan Bremer, Galleri S.E, Bergen, NO
Sebastiaan Bremer, 303 Gallery at White Box, New York, USA
Vanishing Point, Roebling Hall, Brooklyn, NY, USA
You’ve Made Your Mother Cry, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, DE 

Janus, Schaper Sundberg Gallery, Stockholm, SE
Sebastiaan Bremer,” Ybakatu Gallery, Curitiba, BR 

Veronica, Roebling Hall, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Sebastiaan Bremer, curated by Thomas Nordanstad, Hotel Lydmar, Stockholm, SE 

Melanchromia, Ybakatu Gallery, Curitiba, BR 

Sebastiaan Bremer, Gallery Reisel, Rotterdam, NL 


The Femine Ideal/The Ideal Femine? Winston Wachter New York, NY, USA

Zwanzig, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, Germany

Blueprint, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, USA 

ALTERED: Appropriation and Photography, Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, USA
Blueprint, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, NL and MOCA Tucson, AZ 

Wonderkamers, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, NL
Vitalic, Hales Gallery, London, UK 

Photography is Magic!, Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu, KR 

September, Rabo Art Collection, Utrecht, NL
Ultrasonic VI: Appropriate, Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, CA, USA
Intersection: Photography / Painting / Document, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
Outdoor Excursions, curated by Gregory Volk, Burlington Fire House Gallery, Burlington, VT, USA
Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project, Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, USA 2011 Process, Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, USA
Off Camera, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
What the Thunder said, Lu Magnus, New York, NY, USA 

Dirty Messy Painting, Roos Arts, Rosendale, NY, USA
Heads or Tails, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY, USA
The Pencil of Nature, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, USA
Anti-Trend, Lu Magnus (curated by Amelia Abdullahsani, Sarvia Jasso, and Kathy Garcia), New York, NY, USA Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project, National Arts Club, New York, USA
A Touch of Dutch, DZ BANK Kunstammlung, Frankfurt, DE
In a Paperweight, Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago, USA
Phantoms, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York, USA 

Kings County Biennial, curated by James Fuentes, Dustin Yellin and Charlotte Kidd, Kidd Yellin Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Works on Paper, Danese Gallery, New York, USA
Redefining Landscape, Stephane Simoens Gallery, Knokke, BE
Contemporary Collage, curated by Jill Olm, Foster Gallery, University of Winsconsin, USA
Obsession: Contemporary Art from the Lodeveans Collection, curated by Layla Bloom, University of Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK
Re-Accession: For Sale by Owner, curated by Philae Knight and Amanda Stack, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, USA
Through a Glass, Darkly, Pablo’s Birthday, New York, NY, USA
Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, USA
Deviate, Schroeder-Romero, New York, USA 2009 “Human. Nature. Machine. Wonderland Art Space, Copenhagen, DK
Contemporary Art and Portraiture, Cristin Tierney Fine Art Advisory Services, New York, NY, USA
Drawings, curated by Jimi Billingsley, Pablo’s Birthday, New York, NY, USA
PS: Parsing Spirituality, curated by Micaela Giovannotti, Affirmation Arts, New York, NY, USA 

When it’s a photograph, curated by Soo Kim, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Multiverse, curated by Pilar Tompkins, Claremont Museum of Art, Claremont, CA, USA  
Tales of Flames, Kunstraum Kreuzberg,/Bethanien, Berlin, DE
Versions of Reality: Selections from the West Collection, curated by Lee Stoetzel, NEXT, Chicago, USA
Passed as present, York Art Gallery, York, UK 

In het woud - op zoek naar betekenis, Armando Museum, Amersfoort, NL
Photoplus, curated by Lilly Wei, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, TX, USA
The End Begins, curated by Gil Hedley, selections from the Lodevans Collection, London, UK
ICPNY Selections 2007, curated by James Siena, ICP Gallery, NY, USA
The Photograph as Canvas, curated by Stephen Maine, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, USA 

Stay Inside, Shoshanna Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, USA 

Is One Thing Better Than Another?, Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, DE
Pin-Up: Contemporary Collage and Drawing, curated by Emma Dexter and Susan May, Tate Modern, London, UK Sugar Hiccup, curated by Jeffrey Rosen, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, JPN
Curious Crystals of Unusual Purity, curated by Bob Nickas, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY
Drawn/Quartered, curated by Josh Rickarts, Terri Dowel-Dennis, David Brown and Mark Linga, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC, USA
Off the Wall: Works from the JP Morgan Chase Collection, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
Open House: Working in Brooklyn, curated by Charlotta Kotik, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Home Extension, curated by Gregory Volk and Sabine Russ, Albany University Museum, Albany, NY, USA 

Game Over, Grimm Rosenfeld Gallery, Munich, DE
Some Panoramas, curated by Paul Hedge, Pump House Gallery, London, UK
The Photography Gallery, curated by Charlotte Cotton, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
Water, Water, curated by Lily Wei, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA 

Transformer II, curated by Inez van Lamsweerde, Air de Paris, Paris, FR
Quase Desenho, Adriana Penteado, Sao Paulo, BR
Recent Works, Zabriskie Gallery, New York, USA 

Aspects of Contemporary Landscape, Marcello Marvelli Fine Arts, New York, USA 2000 “3D, Zingmagazine, New York, USA
Polar Bear In A Snow Storm, Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, USA 

Sebastiaan Bremer/Vince Szarek Gallery Untitled, Dallas, TX, USA
The Stroke, curated by Shahzia Sikander, Exit Art, New York, USA
Anti –World, curated by Marcos Rosales, Gallery Untitled, Dallas, TX, USA 

Imagination Dead Imagine, Silverstein Gallery, New York, USA 

Thicket on the Lamb, Thicket Gallery, New York, USA 

Protectors, Bloom Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

Pollack-Krasner Travel Grant for Macdowell Colony

Residency Mcdowell Colony

Residency, Het Vijfde Seizoen, Den Dolder, NL 

Residency, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, USA 

Residency, ART OMI, New York, USA 

Scholarship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME, USA 
Stipend, Netherlands/America Foundation, New York, USA 

Basisbeurs S.F.B.K., Amsterdam, NL 

Basisbeurs S.F.B.K., Amsterdam, NL 

Werkbeurs S.F.B.K., Amsterdam, NL 

Curator (with SO – IL), “Blueprint,” Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, NY 

Curator (with SO – IL), “Blueprint,” Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, NL 

Guest Editor, .cent magazine, The Cornucopia Issue 

Visiting Professor, Dept. of Art, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 

Visiting Professor, Dept. of Art & Art History, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 

Visiting Professor, with James Siena, Cooper Union, New York 
Visiting Professor, with James Siena, School of Visual Arts, New York 

Curator, Summer Exhibition, Lower East Side Printshop, New York 

Visiting Professor, Dept. of Painting and Printmaking, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 

The Bricklayer’s Son. Collaboration with Tjebbo Penning. Chambers Street Films 

Collaboration with M&M, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Callaghan campaign, Vogue US, Vogue Italia, and Vogue France, March 
Curator, Volume drawing magazine, Issue 0 

Curator, 36-page 3-D insert, Zingmagazine, October/January 

Curator (with Pieter Woudt), “Blueprint,” New York 

Curator, “ALBUM,” Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and New York

To Joy, with essays by Charlotte Cotton and Gregory Volk. Published by Frame Publishers: distributed by Thames and Hudson

Avila, with essays by Sabine Russ and Jordan Kantor. Roebling Hall and 99 Publishers 

Monkey Brain, with essays by Oliver Koerner von Gustorf and Gregory Volk. Galerie Barbara Thumm 

Van Lamsweerde, Inez, & Vinoodh Matadin. Pretty Much Everything. Köln: Taschen 

Engman, Stacy. Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project. New York: KLÜP Foundation 

Van Lamsweerde, Inez, & Vinoodh Matadin. Pretty Much Everything 1985-2010. Amsterdam: Foam Fotographie Museum 

Rattemeyer, Christian. The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Catalogue Raisonné. New York: The Museum of Modern Art 
unlocked #2. Utrecht: The Rabobank Art Collection 

Cotton, Charlotte, and Soo Kim. When it’s a photograph. Los Angeles: OTIS College of Art 
Fogelson, Doug, and Christopher Bucklow. Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture. Chicago: Front Forty Press 

Schmidt, Jason. Artists. Paris: Edition 7L 
West, Paige. The Art of Buying Art: An Insider’s Guide to Collecting Contemporary Art. New York: Harper Design Miller, Ken. Revisionairies: A Decade of Art in Tokion. New York: Abrams Image 
In Het Woud – Op Zoek Naar Betekenis. Armando Museumreeks no. 4. Amersfoort, NL: Armando Museum 
Een impressie van schoonheid, de kunstcollectie van Rabobank Midden IJsselmonde. Utrecht: The Rabobank Art Collection 

Giovannotti, Micaela, and Joyce Korotkin, Out Of True. Verona, IT: Byblos 

Home Extension. Albany, NY: University of Albany Press 

Quase Desenho. Essay by Fernando Oliva. São Paulo: Adriana Penteado 

Hull, Steven et al. Song Poems. Los Angeles: Steven Hull

Sebastiaan Bremer’s Spilaio at Hales Gallery, 3rd Dimension, March 17 
Alec Coiro, Why Artists Don’t get to Retire (“If they do they are dead”): Sebastiaan Bremer Discusses BLUEPRINT at Storefront for Art and Architecture, Ravelin, March 
Yasmin Sholgami, .BULK: Sebastiaan Bremer, .cent Magazine, February 13 
Open Files: Sebastiaan Bremer, Elephant Magazine issue 21, Winter 

Dalamangas, Rachel Cole. Interview: Great Shows Don’t Depend on Big Budgets (But the Cost of Being an Artist is Still a Bitch), Zingmagazine. April 

Schmerler, Sarah. Sebastiaan Bremer, Photograph Magazine. 28 September 
Portfolio, Zingmagazine #23. August 
Alpmagi från barndomen, Fotografisk Tidskrift #2 

Sebastiaan Bremer’s ode to the family holiday, Phaidon. December 11 
Weeks, Jonny. Red wine and doughnuts at the Daegu Photo Biennale, South Korea, The Guardian Photography Blog. 29 October 
A Multicolor Celebration of the Sublime. Artlog. 11 October 
Photography Now: Sebastiaan Bremer, IMA volume 1. Autumn 
Maxwell, Clayton. “Sebastiaan Bremer: Egmont, Eyemazing. Summer 
Ravelin Magazine issue 1, September 
Harper’s, July 2011 Snider, Heather. “Sebastiaan Bremer: Nudes and Revolutions, Eyemazing. Summer 

Einspruch, Franklin., “Nudes and Revolutions: Through a Glass Darkly, The New York Sun. March 14 
Hee, Yoo Joo. The Happiest Moment, Elle Girl Korea. February 

Simons, Riki. “Top 100 van Nederlandse Kunstenaars,” Elsevier issue 17. May 1 

Silva, Horacio. Magic Show, The New York Times. Sunday, November 14 
Dentz, Shoshana. Sebastiaan Bremer, BOMB no. 112, , Summer 
Sebastiaan Bremer, Sajinyesul Photographic Art Magazine no. 258. October 
Aviv, Rachel. Which Way Madness Lies, Harper’s. December 
Sebastiaan Bremer, L'Officiel Hommes Italia. Winter 
Sweet Dots from Sebastiaan Bremer, Vision Magazine 

Aletti, Vince. Sebastiaan Bremer, The New Yorker. October 19 
January 11, Visionaire no. 57. December 
Latocha, Kris. Sebastiaan Bremer, Dazed & Confused volume 2 issue 78. October 
Parsing Spirituality, The New Yorker. February 9 & 16 
Paterson, Carrie. Multiverse at Claremont Museum of Art, Artillery Magazine issue 3. Jan./Feb. 

Muller, Katrin. Luftspiegelungen, Tip Berlin issue 59 
Creative Face. May 
Thomsen, Henrike. Valerie Favre und Sebastiaan Bremer in der Galerie Barbara Thumm, Artnet. May Niederlandeweb. May 

Someone’s Garden issue 2 
McAuliffe, Kathleen. Medical Mysteries: Secrets of Sleep, Discover. Summer 
Genocchio, Benjamin. Beyond Airbrushing, The New York Times. April 1 

Art in America. October 
McAdams, Shane. Artseen: Sebastiaan Bremer, The Brooklyn Rail. April 
Maine, Stephen. The Photograph as Canvas, Art on Paper. September/October 
The New Yorker, March 

Zingmagazine, Winter 
Spaninks, Angelique. Kunstbeeld – Cahier #5, De Rabo Kunstcollectie, 
H x B x D, Volkskrant. March 4 

Basha, Regine. Soft Shock, Art Lies issue 43 
Cripps, Charlotte. Work at the cutting edge, The Independent Review. December 2 
La Rocco, Ben. “Artseen: Sebastiaan Bremer at Satellite,” The Brooklyn Rail. April 
Work in Progress, V Magazine issue 31. Fall 
Harper’s, February 2004 Volk, Gregory. Big Brash Borough, Art in America no. 8, September 
IN magazine 05, April 

Lliedo, Elena, and Ed Osborn. Neue Review. 
Daniels, Corinna. “Zeichningen auf Fotos von Sebastiaan Bremer, Die Welt. December 5 
Portfolio Juvenile, Rebel no. 6. Fall/Winter 
Die Tageszeituing. November 26 
u_Spot issue 0 
Hedge, Paul. “The Big Draw,” ArtReview. May 
Visionaire no. 41: World 

Intimate Rituals, Oyster no. 39. April/May 
Greene, Robert. “Light Opera,” Artforum. April 
Charley 02 

BlackBook. Winter 
Copa Cabana, Rebel no. 2. Fall/Winter 
Smith, Roberta. “Art in Review: ‘Veronica,’” The New York Times. November 23 
Cyphers Wright, Jeffrey. “Painted Pictures,” Art & Auction, November 
Esquire Japan. November 
Kiera Chaplin – Callaghan Campaign with Sebastiaan Bremer, Foam Magazine. Fall 
Planet Magazine. Fall 
Van Lamsweerde, Inez. “Top Ten,” Artforum, April 

Frölke, Viktor. “Wie is wie: De Nederlandse kunsten in New York,” PS van den week. 17 April 
Prose, Francine. “The Gallery: The Artist As Curator,” The Wall Street Journal. May 20 

Sebastiaan Bremer, The New York Times Magazine. April