Brett Andrus is a 39 year old Colorado native. He studied painting and art history at the Savannah College of Art and Design before returning home to Colorado in 2001. In 2009, Andrus co-founded two award winning galleries, The Modbo and S.P.Q.R, in downtown Colorado Springs. At the time of their creation, The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. were the only for-profit galleries in town that focused on younger emerging artists working with non-traditional subject matter. In the eight years that they have been open, Andrus has curated over 190 exhibitions. The Modbo and S.P.Q.R have become a magnet for young art makers and the next generation of art collectors in Colorado. Andrus also co-founded The ModboCo School of Art and has been teaching art making and art history for the last eight years to emerging Colorado Springs artists.
Brett Andrus maintains a career as a professional artist. Between the years of 2010-2016, Andrus created and exhibited in nine solo exhibitions occurring in Denver, Santa Fe, Colorado Springs, and Trinidad. In 2016, Andrus received the Artist of the Year Award from the Pikes Peak Arts Council, and has earned numerous “Best Of” awards from local newspapers. Andrus is an primarily an oil painter.
His focus is on the narrative power of the human figure and portraiture, utilizing elements of magical realism and surrealism. Inspired by artists like Kent Williams, Casey Baugh, Odd Nerdrum and Jeremy Geddes, Andrus sets out to inspire an emotional interaction with the viewer. His goal is to create with integrity, to be personal, to be honest. He believes in his viewer and in their ability to engage and to be part of the conversation.