For Brian painting is about trying to re create atmosphere within the landscape.
“I try to paint with shapes placed into a composition maintaining my feel of just that fleeting glimpse around me with the hope of catching the feeling I saw at the time.
“I normally paint in close tones but have diversified recently after catching fleeting glances of the reflections in the waters of Venice.
“I succeed in my work when the viewer makes the picture....not me"
He believes that the sun and light is the main factor which reflects his love of the works of J.M.W. Turner.
On Location Brian nowadays uses pen with a watercolour wash on heavy duty cartridge paper, maintaining his love of drawing; "Drawing is essential and everything in Art" Although in the past pure watercolours and oil painting on location were more important.
Brian now works mainly in the studio with oils on his preferred Italian canvas covered boards. “Nearly everyday you look to produce that one sensation that says it all.... this does not happen but when it does not is the encouragement to persevere, get better and try again. Out of this some good work is produced.”
Brian uses a combination of drawings and photographs to produce his paintings but "Creativity and imagination have played a large part of my life having worked in Architecture for over 30 years".
The paintings Brian normally are produced building up numerous thin coloured layers only adding thicker paint at the end, all brushwork and without the use of palette knives.
“Whatever I do I look to enjoy it. I never take painting too seriously so whether I succeed or not is somehow irrelevant. Painting style and how I choose to depict a subject comes from careful planning but then just happens, or it does not, it does not matter".
1944 Born nr Woodstock. Oxfordshire. Raised London.
1961 to 1987 Worked in London Architects offices.
1968 Qualified B.I.A.T. In Architecture.
1978 Paintings shown at Venice Biennale.
1985 Elected A.I.A.S.
1987 to present day. Moved to North Norfolk.
2007 All four paintings first submitted to ROI selected.
2009 Elected Provisional membership of ROI.
2010 Formed IEA. Institute of East Anglian Artists.
2010 President of IEA.
2011 Elected Associate member of ROI.
2012 Elected Full member of ROI.
2013 Elected Council member of ROI.
1978 ‘Grolla D'Oro award’ Venice Biennale
2008 ‘Stanley Grimm ROI Prize’ winner
The Mall Galleries, London
Adrian Hill Fine Art, Norfolk
Institute of East Anglian Artists, Norfolk
Ringstead Gallery, Norfolk
Holkham Gallery, Norfolk
Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London
Church Gallery, London
Hawker Gallery, Buckinghamshire
Hunter Gallery, Suffolk
Kendalls Fine Art, Isle of Wight
Stephen Jack Fine Art, Yorkshire
Cambridge Contemporary Art
Thompsons Gallery, Suffolk, Broadway Modern, Oxfordshire
Flint Gallery, Norfolk
Beyond Realism, David and Charles.
Painting Watercolour Landscapes with Confidence, David and Charles.
Creative and Abstract Painting Techniques, David and Charles.
Painting Atmosheric Landscapes, Norfolk and Beyond, Halstar.
Ryder Round Norfolk, Watercolour.
Beyond Realism, Abstract.
Oil Landscapes, Quick and Easy.
Painting Atmospheric Oil Landscapes.
Winter Landscapes in Oil.