Bad Pasutti, “What Was and Might Have Been”, 2015, Oil on Panel, 30 x 40 Inches
Born in Trail, British Columbia, Brad Pasutti began his formal art training at the Kootenay School of Art in Nelson, where he completed a three year diploma program with honours in sculpture. Deciding on a more practical career in art conservation, Pasutti enrolled in art history at the University of Victoria; however he later transferred to the visual arts department, completing his BFA in 1983.
Soon after graduation, Pasutti met sculptor Jack Kidder, with whom he made several extended trips to Mexico. With its rich art and cultural heritage of ancient Pre-Colombian, colonial Baroque, folk art and contemporary international exhibitions, Mexico was seminal to Pasutti’s artistic development.
There is in Pascutti’s work an overriding concern with space, time and the metaphysical. Areas of precisely defined objects mix with intangible forms situating his artwork between figuration and abstraction. Figures, backgrounds, and memories intertwine in a labyrinth of spaces within spaces.
Brad Pasutti has had numerous solo exhibitions and his work is in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the University of Victoria’s Legacy Art Gallery.