Verner Brems: “Let the love rule”

Every artist has a “signature” that makes a creation unique. It could be a colour pattern, a central motif, a certain theme.

Verner Brems, our artist for a good cause in Kolding has one as well – 3D painting. We got the chance to learn more about his painting universe while he was meticulously drawing on one of our VITA Silvia lamps. His creation is part of the VITA lighting European Tour, and it will be auctioned at the end of the tour, and all the proceeds will go to a charity foundation.


How was your first interaction with art?

When I was a little boy, I used to watch my father while he was painting. His work seemed abstract in the beginning but, along the way, I started to get interested in painting. When I got older, I realised that I wanted a career revolving around art.  

What influence the way you think about painting?

I like putting really concrete things into abstracts. I think it is good to combine them.

What inspires you in your paintings?

Sometimes I get my inspiration from children’s drawing, other times when I see different things on the internet, and I want to adapt them and to make my own drawings.

Some artists change their style radically over time, others prefer to remain loyal to one path. How has your style changed over the years?

I tried to develop it over time. My wife is also a painter. The way she paints is very sophisticated and light and feminine. So I sometimes take my inspiration from her art work as well.

You have a diverse array of themes and styles in your paintings – beautiful, soft shapes, weaved with quirky twists or surreal angles; paintings that have the look and the nostalgia of the old comics, and paintings that have a new “3D effect” – the ones you call “relieffer”.

Yes, I call them nostalgic also because they have a focus on this period from the ‘20s. It is a period that is really inspiring – the fashion, the people, the swing music. I also make the “relieffer” paintings – a sort of cut-outs, where I take the motif and cut it out, so it gets a 3D dimension.

How did you get the 3D idea?

I got it 20 years ago. The painting has 2 dimensions, so I thought “How can I innovate? How can I add another dimension?” I wanted to take the picture to the next level. So it became my signature thing.

Is there a central motif in your creations?

The erotic motifs and the nostalgic feeling from another epoch. Sometimes, as an artist, I feel I should have lived in this period.

For an artist, the light is essential – the way it’s used, the way it falls onto the paining, the way it compliments it.  For the art work you are creating for VITA, you use the “light” as a canvas. Can you tell us the story behind the paining you made on our lamp?

I started with some faces. From human faces I went to animal faces, for example a bull, or a cat, or a dog. Then I went to hands and food. I used a lot of different concepts.

What inspired you to be one of VITA’s artists for a good cause?

VITA’s lamps are really beautiful, so I thought it was a great idea to decorate one of them. The first time I saw VITA’s website and its products I said, “WOW, they are nice”. I showed it to my wife and she had the same reaction.

If you were to send a message to the people who will bid on your creation, what would it be?

Let the love rule.