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June 27, 2009 - Los Angeles, CA

British-born artist and five-time World Kickboxing Champion Kevin Brewerton made his debut at the Gus Harper Studios in Los Angeles. Brewerton came out swinging in First Abstraction, an auspicious exhibition featuring wall-to-wall abstract paintings of boxers and non-figurative works.

In Brewerton's collection, there's a strength and depth of sensitivity that one might not expect to see from someone who used to knock people out for a living. Upon entering the studio, you're faced with El Matador, an imposing warrior with a red cape, while on the wall behind you, Guardian Angel, a massive, 8-foot protective figure towers over you. Across the room are several evocative, non-figurative paintings.

"The freedom in [Brewerton's] thick brushstrokes and his calculated use of color bring a life and energy to each of his works," said Juan Monsalvez, freelance photographer. "The work is visceral. When you look at it, you feel as if you're in the presence of a fighter."

If Brewerton's success in the athletic world is any indication of his potential in the art world, you'll want to keep an eye out for this artist.

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