Born in 1944 at Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, Brian followed the family tradition and was apprenticed at the age of 16 in the print industry, in his case, as a letter press engraver, later qualifying as a gravure industrial engraver. He left the print industry in 1979 to work full time as an artist engraver at home, now in St Breward, Cornwall and does, in fact, work in two very different media: copperplate engraving and in pastel & gold/platinum/palladium leaf collage.
He loves, and is inspired by, the work of many artists, including early English romantics, notably the followers of William Blake such as Samuel Palmer and Edward Calvert. He also gains much inspiration from the landscape, especially that of Bodmin Moor, around which he frequently rides on his bicycle. Brian finds that walking and cycling these moorland areas can lead to engravings such as "Moonride – Cornwall" and the more humorous "Snail Race" (in which Bodmin Moor becomes the Alps!) - though some of the Cornish hills are extremely steep and hard to ride. Amongst his pastel/mixed media work, "Jacob’s Ladder II" and "Snail's Progress", were also inspired by Bodmin Moor.
A spiritual aspect often imbues his work through his appreciation of Zen Buddhism and personal aspects of Christianity, the latter particularly shown in the engraving "Christ appears in the Factory". Very often, a small snail appears, a quirky symbol of his work and also the Zen Buddhist meditational walk of Kinhin, reflecting just how long some engravings take.
His work is held in the following collections:
Government Art Collection
Victoria & Albert Museum National Art Library, London
Royal Cornwall Museum & Art Gallery, Truro, Cornwall
Science Museum Art Gallery, London
Wessex Collection, Longleat House, Wiltshire
New York Public Library Print Collection
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
John Creasey Museum, Salisbury, Wilts
South Hams District Council
Brian's engravings can be seen at:
Bankside Gallery, Bankside, London SE , the home of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers
Brook Gallery, Budleigh Salterton & Exeter, Devon
Gallery 49, Falmouth, Cornwall
The Art Stable, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset
Churchgate Gallery, Porlock, Somerset
A selection of Brian’s pastel & mixed media work can be seen at the The Art Stable, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset
Brian's work can be seen at his studio / gallery by appointment.
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