Painting in oils, Brian is mostly influenced by the grace and beauty of the classic yachts of the 1920's and 30's. Some of which are still sailing in todays prestigious regattas around the world. He has a love of all traditional craft be they ships of Nelson's navy or the hustle and bustle of the working Thames in it's heyday.
Brian's work conveys a great sense of movement and a feeling of what it was like to be there at the time. Using colour and his natural eye for light and shade, Brian uses a painterly style to create accurate work that is fresh and atmospheric.
Using historic documents and modern accounts, Brian composes a convincing depiction of yachting regattas and sailing events, that appeal to yachtsman and lovers of maritime paintings throughout the world. Brian uses a direct method of painting. He sketches with thinned paint onto the canvas to quickly establish a basic composition, then working across the whole picture, he adjusts accordingly as the painting evolves. Brian will often be working on several paintings at any one time.
For commissions Brian will discuss the broad composition with the client and will often email images of the painting as it progresses, thereby keeping the client involved at all stages.
Born in Margate on the Kent coast in 1945, the sea has always been a great influence in Brian's life. After leaving formal education at 15 it was always his ambition to go to art school however in the late 50's boys were encouraged to 'go out and get a proper job'. This he did by way of embarking on a successful career in the catering industry, culminating in becoming the head of a catering school.
In the 1980's he began to paint seriously again, selling to local galleries and private collectors.
In the late 90's Brian decided to devote all his time to painting and took early retirement. He now has his own studio near Looe in south east Cornwall and enjoys the influence of the Cornish coast and all its maritime connections. In 2017, Brian was elected to be a member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists.
2014 Winner of the Classic Boat prize at the Royal Society of Marine Artists annual exhibition.
2013 Winner of the Classic Boat prize at the Royal Society of Marine Artists annual exhibition.
Royal Society of Marine Artists 2013, 2014, 2015
Brian's work can be regularly seen at Christie's Maritime sales, South Kensington.
Brian's work has been published by Yachting Heritage in their limited edition books on Mariquita and Tuiga.
His work has also been featured in the Allan and Bertram 2016 maritime calendar.
Brian has completed numerous commissions for clients in the U.S, Middle East and Europe.
Captivated by classic yachts and prestigious regattas, Brian also has a love of traditional craft ships - be they Nelson's navy, or the hustle and bustle of the Thames in its working day. Due to the largely historical nature of the subject matter, the artist tends to rely on photographs, deck plans and research as reference. Brian is keen to involve the client at all stages of the process; after discussing the broad composition with the client, he will typically email images of the painting as it progresses (the commissions process can take up to a month). Requests for similar paintings will be accepted.
Numerous private commissions for American clients, and clients based in the Middle East.