David Brammeld PS RBA 

Artist's Statement:

David works in two main subject areas: urban and natural landscape.

He is interested in the character, texture, architecture and history of old buildings and documents changes to the post-industrial urban environment. He likes to explore and seek out areas of interest: these may be industrial sites or just interesting buildings with character. He is always looking for new subject matter so always has camera or sketchbook to record things. He then makes exploratory studies and drawings to develop ideas.

By contrast, David also enjoys the beauty of the natural landscape with his ‘treescapes’, exploring shape, texture and form as well as colour. Preferring the landscape in late autumn, winter or early spring, when trees are devoid of leaves and exposing their raw beauty and character, he aims to create a feeling of what it is like to be immersed in the countryside - a sense of solitude, quietness and of being with nature.

Always looking to push boundaries in his work and to keep his approach fresh, David works on several pieces at a time, and in a variety of different mediums (graphite, pastel, acrylic or oil) appropriate to the subject and feeling he wants to evoke.

Biographical Details:

David lives and works in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, where he has witnessed and documented many profound changes to the post-industrial landscape.

A prize-winning artist of many years experience, David has exhibited regularly at the Mall Galleries since 2002 and is an elected Member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA), and also the Pastel Society (PS).

He runs a series of art classes, workshops and demonstrations.

Society Memberships

Royal Society of British Artists (RBA)
Pastel Society (PS)

Other Society Memberships:

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA)

Exhibitions:

Exhibited at the Mall Galleries since 2002 - variously with the Pastel Society, RBA, NEAC, and ROI.

2017
• RBA annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London
• Pastel Society annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London
• Granary Gallery, Weston Park - RBSA group ‘Architecture’ exhibition
• Russell Gallery, Putney, London - RBA Group show
• The Rye Gallery, Sussex - RBSA Group show
• TrentArt Gallery, Newcastle-under-Lyme - solo show
• Pastellistes de France 17th International exhibition at Feytiat, Nr. Limoges, France
• RBSA Prize at RBSA Gallery
• New Curators: Watercolour at RBSA Gallery
• RBSA Members and Associates annual show

2016
• Guest artist at Pastellistes de France 16th International exhibition, Feytiat, Limoges, France
• ‘Discovering Landscape’ (RBSA Gallery, Birmingham)
• RBA Group show at Bircham Gallery, Holt
• 'NOW @ the Pastel Society' at the Mall Galleries, London
• 'StART' at RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
• Lowry and Berry exhibition at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery - exhibition and demonstrations
• Stafford Open
• RBSA Prize (RBSA Gallery)
• RBSA Members and Associates annual exhibition
• RBSA Open All Media (RBSA Gallery)
• Newcastle Open
• RBA annual exhibition at Mall Galleries, London

Website:

www.davidbrammeld.com

Twitter:

@davidbrammeld

Email:

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Featured Artist

Matthew Draper
Draper Matthew Illuminated A View of Tantallon castle with The Bass Rock Homage to Alexander Naysmith

 ' Illuminated - A View of Tantallon Castle with the Bass Rock - Homage to Alexander Naysmith '
by
Matthew Draper

 

Matthew Draper PS

Education/Career

1973  Born Stone Staffordshire
1991-1992  Walsall College of Art
1992-1995  Falmouth College of Art

Artist’s Statement

I identify myself principally as a draughtsman; drawing being the most unencumbered and immediate form of image-making. My work is made with an intense and energetic immediacy, working instinctively rather than methodically, keeping me physically and emotionally involved in the process. I crush soft pastel in my hands rubbing the dust into the paper in wide sweeps of colour gradually manipulating the material to build up a thick layered surface using the ball of my thumb or the heel of my hand.
I am interested in and influenced by the dramatic imagery of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century painting. I admire the idea of the contemplation of landscape in the Romantic spirit, found in the work of the German Romantics like Casper David Frederick and the notion of the grandeur of the landscape as expressed in the work of the American Subliminal Painters like Sanford Robinson Gifford and Frederick Edwin Church. These artists adopted the term ‘Luminism’, defined as light in the landscape and the effect that light has on the landscape and objects within it.
As a contemporary artist choosing to adopt this approach to light in the landscape, my interest is not to make straight forward topographical images that are illustrations of place. Instead I am attempting to make imagery that is descriptive of the circumstances under which the subject is viewed; images which convey a sense of place. The drawings are emotional reactions to events and experiences evolving in front of me; events happening or about to happen. The images become like fading memories or captured moments in time. The making of the work is in itself a set of actions and events which creates a harmony between my process and my interpretation of the subject.

Societies:

Member – The Pastel Society.

Awards:

2011  Visitors Choice Award, National Art Open Exhibition, Chichester.
2011  Regional Prize, National Open Art Exhibition, Chichester.
2011  Elected Member of the Pastel Society UK, Federation of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London.
2010  City of Glasgow Prize, Royal Glasgow Institute of the fine Arts.
2010  Connell and Connell prize, Scottish Society of Artists, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
2008  Shell Premium Award, Aberdeen Artists, Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery.
2007  Chairman’s Purchase Prize, Discerning Eye Exhibition, London.
2004  Most popular work in the exhibition, Hunting Art Prizes.
2000  Alexander Graham Munro Travel Award, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour.

Collections:

Bank of Scotland
City of Edinburgh, City Art Centre, Jean F Watson Bequest Fund.
Glasgow Museum and Art Gallery, Kelvin Grove Glasgow.
Paintings in Hospitals Scotland.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2013  ‘Northern Light’ Lemon Street Gallery, Truro.
2012  'Time Lapses' Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh
2011  ‘New Pastels’ Beaux Arts, Bath.
2010  ‘Festival Exhibition’ Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.
2009  ‘In Series’ Lemon Street Gallery, Truro.
2008  ‘Luminism’ Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.
2006  ‘Time and Place’ Beaux Arts, Bath.
2005  ‘Nostalgia’ Lemon Street Gallery, Truro.
2000  ‘Night Life’ The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2008  Aberdeen Artists, Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery.
2007  Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.
2007  Salon 2007, ‘New British Paintings and Works on Paper’ Portobello Road, London.   
2006  ‘Roter Salon’ Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
2006  The Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London and touring of the UK.
2006  ‘Best of British’ Chelsea Art Gallery, Palo Alto, California.
2002  The Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College of Art, London.
2004  The Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College of Art, London.
1999  Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition, touring to:
          The European Drawing Collection Hull, Karl Hofer Gesellschaft,
          The Western Banhof Charlottenburgh, Berlin.

Contact Details:

Website Address: www.matthewjdraper.co.uk
E-mail: matt.draper1@hotmail.co.uk

 

     


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