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Brayden Pitt uses art to get his point across

Laura Power
Northern News Services
Published Friday, October 5, 2007

YELLOWKNIFE - Drawing inspiration from controversial subjects such as politics and religion, Brayden Pitt has produced enough artwork to have his first exhibit.

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Brayden Pitt shows one of his drawings. He will be displaying his work this week at Squatterz Books during his first exhibit called Tacks for Snacks. - Laura Power/NNSL photo

The 17-year-old St. Patrick's high school student started to draw when he was just a child, but says it was about a year ago that he began taking his artwork seriously. He took to painting as another way to relay his opinions to people.

"I found out that you could have a voice in something different," he said. "You could maybe give off a message that you couldn't normally do if you were just talking about it."

Some of the messages he puts on canvas are his thoughts on major controversial subjects such as war and environmental issues, but he will stay away from the topic of religion, he said.

"I didn't want to do anything too shocking 'cause I have some mature paintings, I should say, and I wouldn't want people to walk away thinking about those. I want them to walk away thinking, 'He's a pretty good artist,'" said Pitt.

There will be 16 pieces in this week's exhibit including a painting of an elderly woman that he calls "The Golden Years." He said in the painting the woman is grey except for her red lips. She is looking forward to death after a life in which she's seen terrible things such as war, he said.

The exhibit is called Tacks for Snacks: an art exhibit exploring the politics of youth. Pitt got the name from his feeling that religious and political figures "try and force things down your throat."

"There's some people like me who actually have a different opinion (and) will end up swallowing it all and taking it like tacks," he said. "I like to speak my opinion - I don't care if people get angry."

Art may be important to him as a way to speak up, but Pitt said he feels it's important in today's society as a way for people to escape.

"When you look through a piece of art, if it's a good piece of art, you can actually feel it," he said.

It's not just the visual aspect of his work he hopes people will see, but what's behind the painting.

"I want people definitely to see the message of why I'm painting these pictures," he said.

The exhibit opens at Squatterz Books & Curiosities tonight and will be open for about a week. Pitt is scheduled to be there tomorrow afternoon to answer any questions viewers may have about his work.