The artist goes as far as mounting the wall captions for his work under glass in silver frames and charges what would be absurd sums for works by an established artist represented by a serious gallery, let alone a confessed tyro. Fine examples are the prices he demands for his initial drawings: $8,000 to $10,000. The lavish displays and exorbitant price tags give the impression Brevard might believe himself to have been anointed by a higher being.

Asked if his prices are too high, the artist quickly notes they are retail figures that don't include a 40 percent discount to designers.

He also bristles when asked if some people might consider his shamanic shtick as a stab at gullible collector checkbooks or that others might view him as a new-age space cadet.

John Brevard's From Form to Formless
John Brevard's From Form to Formless

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John Brevard: Ongoing. Brevards Art Gallery, 2320 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-5747; brevards.com. Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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"Screw them," he fumes. "I respect other people's beliefs. I'm selling sustainability and spiritual awareness. If people don't agree with me, I can respect that."

Brevard, who has hired a publicist to promote him, might be better off returning to his roots, sipping some more ayahuasca, and channeling a sober arts entity. Perhaps a more enlightened spirit guide will advise him to stick to making work quietly and develop his art process, which shows promise.

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