Brent Nuzum, known professionally as Bread Nugent, is a 28-year-old artist from Garden City, Kansas. An enigmatic figure, Nugent has a unique and imaginative art style.
Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Nugent. During our interview, he opened up about his creative process, the two biggest challenges he faces as an artist, and his career plans for the future.
DB: I understand that you create art under a pseudonym. How did you come up with the name Bread Nugent?
BN: I used to live with a Japanese girl and she pronounced my name “Brent” as “Bread.” An ex girlfriend’s mother pronounced my name the same way. She only spoke Spanish. So it came from that. One night it just kind of occurred to me as I was about to fall asleep. “Bread Nugent” appeared in my mind, and I’ve gone by that ever since. About five years now.
DB: How did you become involved in art?
BN: I’ve been creating art my whole life as far back as I can remember. I enjoy drawing, painting, sculpting, writing, and making music and short films. I have always loved to create whenever possible.
DB: How long have you been painting, and can you tell me a little bit about your creative process?
BN: I’ve only started painting in the last four or five years. I typically paint portraits. I usually have someone or something in mind, and then base it off a photo. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with creating faces without any reference, and exploring other methods and practices to paint. I use acrylic paint. I still feel like I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I can see myself getting better and more confident with painting.
I also love drawing with pen and ink. I feel much more confident in that medium because I’ve been working with pen and ink most of my life. I usually don’t have any particular idea in mind; I usually just see where the drawing takes me.
DB: What is the biggest challenge you face as an artist?
BN: The biggest challenge I face as an artist is keeping that creative energy constant, and maintaining focus with your work. If you are serious about it, it needs to be an every day thing. I often wonder if all the effort I put into it is worth it, but I always come to the conclusion that yes.. it is worth it.
I love creating. I’ll never stop, even if there is no audience.
I guess maybe another challenge is making a living off of your art so you can put all of your energy into it. It’s not necessary to create, but it would be nice to be able to focus solely on my art by making a living from it.
DB: What are some of your career plans for the future?
BN: I’d love to pursue art full time. I feel like I’ll arrive at that point someday, I just have to keep doing what I’m doing, keep creating every day. I have exhibition in Wichita coming up in July. I’ve had a few little shows, but this will be my first real show in a gallery. I also submit paintings for a local auction every year in Garden City. I hope to have more shows and keep growing my audience. Things seem to be going in the positive direction. I’m pretty much up for anything and excited to see where all this takes me.
If you would like to see more of Bread Nugent’s work, please visit his instagram account.
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