Bryan Whiteley

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Bryan WhiteleyBryan Whiteley

Galleries

  • Gainsborough’s House
  • Digby Gallery
  • The Edmund Gallery
  • Peter Pears Gallery
  • The George Farnham Gallery
  • Frame Workshop & Gallery

Statement

I trained in the early 1960's at Camberwell School of Art, London, as a painter and printmaker.  My early influences were Cezanne and Braque.  At college I made few attempts to paint naturalistically, preferring the order of straight lines, shallow space and the interaction of colour.  Eventually all signs of the familiar disappeared; the colours became brighter and the patterned lines of the image were stacked, made circular, folded and spiralled.  The pictures were shaped, emblematic and spatially ambiguous, appearing both flat and three dimensional.

In time the hard edge abstraction and "pop" colour gave way to a more figurative image.  The pictorial flatness was retained in the relationship of shapes, forms and colours in several series of paintings based on shop windows, cameras and models and the seaside town of Aldeburgh.  The latter series was created in a mix of materials, including cardboard, rope, wood, metal and found objects,and involved a brief return to abstraction with the emphasis on the painted surface and the use of stencilled shapes.

The more recent work has been about places visited such as Russia, Italy and New Zealand and is a synthesis of memories rather than portraits of actual places.  Perhaps coinciding with a return to printmaking, the paintings explore surface pattern and texture developed from overlays of shapes where the images are overtly suggested through subtlety of colour and tone.

 

Biography

2015Member of Suffolk Craft Society
2014Chairman of Colchester Art Society
2014Member of 12PM printmaking goup
2005-Print Workshop Member, Gainsborough's House, Sudbury
2000-2008Member of "Activate", Chelmsford Art Group
1966-2005Art Teacher & Head of Expressive Arts, The Boswells School, Chelmsford
1963-1966Camberwell School of Art & Crafts
1966Diploma in Art & Design: Fine Art & Printmaking
1962-1963Ipswich School of Art
1945Born, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Exhibition History

2015Edmund Gallery, Gains. House
2015Colchester Art Society Winter Exh.
2015Eastern Light, Harwich Arts Fest.
201512PM Swan House Gallery, Harwich
2015Colchester Art Soc. Summer Show
2015Gains. Ho. St Peters, Sudbury
2014Colchester Art Soc. Winter Exh.
2014The Apex Gallery, Bury St Edmunds
2014Artworks, Blackthorpe Barn
201412PM: 30 Years Ann. The Minories
2014Wormingford Church Art Exhibition
2014Colchester Art Soc. Summer Show
2014The Aldeburgh Gallery, solo show
201412PM Old Fire Engine House, Ely
201412PM: Uni. College Hospital London
2014St Peters, Gainsborough's House
2013Edmund Gallery, Bury St Edmunds
2013Anita Klein & East Anglian Artists
2013Colchester Art Society
2013Gainsborough's House, The Quay Theatre, Sudbury
201312PM Prints & More, Southwold
2013St Peters, Sudbury
2013Babylon Gallery, Ely
2012St. Peter's Church, Sudbury
2012Babylon Gallery, Ely
2011Reunion Gallery, Felixstowe
2011Gainsborough's House Anniversary Exhibition
2011St, Peter's Church, Sudbury
2010L'atelier Bleu, Vouvant, France
2010Salon Melusin'Art, Vouvant, France
2009Peintres chez l'habitant, Vouvant
2009Gallerie Malicorne, Vouvant, France
2008Steeple Gallery, Halesworth
2007Gainsborough's House Print Fair, Snape
2006Gainsborough's House Print Fair, Snape
2005Chelmsford Cathedral Festival
2001Chelmsford Art Trail
2000Chelmsford Art Trail
2000Bryan Whiteley & Jim Ludden, Chelmsford Library
199032nd Open Exhibition, Beecroft Gallery, Southend
1990Artists in Essex (major prize winner), Epping Forest District Museum
1990One Man Show, John Russell Gallery, Ipswich
1988Artists in Essex, Waltham Abbey
1987Contemporary Paintings, Chelmsford & Essex Museum
1987Artists in Essex, Waltham Abbey
1986The Perfect Present, John Russell Gallery, Ipswich
1986Open for Art, John Russell Gallery, Ipswich
1986The Transitional Image, Digby Gallery, Colchester
1978Chelmsford Arts Festival, Chelmsford & Essex Museum
1977Three Contempories, Little Baddow Arts Centre, Chelmsford
1975Works by Bryan Whiteley, Chelmsford & Essex Museum, Chelmsford
1974Bryan Whiteley & John Osborne. Little Baddow Arts Centre, Chelmsford
1974Recent Paintings & Prints, Haste Gallery, Ipswich