The King of Nerac follows artist and art dealer David Breuer-Weil through his day-to-day life as he juggles the practices of making and selling art, finally entering his imaginary world of Nerac to discover a remarkable creative process that exists not just in his artworks but in the world around us.
David Breuer-Weil combines his career as a successful dealer with being ‘one of Britain’s most powerful and original contemporary artists’ (The Times). His giant, apocalyptic canvases stare unflinchingly at the horrors of the 20th Century and his colossal sculptures dominate public spaces across the world.
The film follows Breuer-Weil as he creates his fourth cycle of paintings and sculpture. It allows us a glimpse of his life as an artist; starting in his Hampstead studio, he takes us back to his time at Cambridge University and St Martin’s School of Art and delves into his childhood memories and the Kingdom of Nerac which forms the backbone of his creative process.
Nerac, an imaginary world Breuer-Weil established in his childhood, is a place of rampant ideological change and struggle where the rise and fall of dynasties of artists gives Breuer-Weil freedom to interactively collaborate. It is a world of bizarre prophecy and strange thought – a place that has sustained Breuer-Weil’s wellspring of creativity to this very day.
The King of Nerac is a unique portrait of the inner world of an artist. With superb art curation by Annie Sulzberger, beautiful cinematography by Guy Natanel and a sweeping musical score by Michael Csanyi Wills, it is a story that redeems and inspires us by showing that it is possible to remain connected to the imaginary worlds of our childhoods – worlds from which all art springs.