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Antony Bream held his first major exhibition at the Fine Art Society in 1979 and has had one-man shows at numerous galleries in London’s West End. Influenced by late 19th century masters such as Sargent, and the Spaniard Sorolla, Bream studied at the Royal Academy Schools in the 1960s under Peter Greenham. His work, whether portraits, landscapes or interiors is painted directly from life, with no reference to photography or other aids. This gives a sense of immediacy and directness.
Bream has worked extensively as a painter of portraits, interiors, and landscapes, and has travelled widely, painting exclusively en plein air in Australia, India, North Africa, Egypt, the Holy Land, Yemen, Turkey, Kenya, the USA and throughout Europe. To mark their 150th anniversary Bream was commissioned by the Savile Club in London’s Mayfair to paint a series of interiors of the club and portrait studies of members.
In 2019 he embarked on a series of oils painted at Seasalter recording the date and varying conditions of the tide and ever-changing sky. Also adept at working rapidly in charcoal on a large scale, the boatyard at Faversham’s Iron Wharf provides a wealth of subject matter all year round.
A selection of Bream’s oils and charcoals is available for sale from Redrock Gallery & Picture Framers: www.redrockframing.co.uk
An Exhibition of Paintings by
11:00am – 6:00pm Tuesday – Saturday
5th August ~ 5th September 2020
This Exhibition held, in the midst of the Plague which is known as Covid-19, is to show that in spite of the horrors which surround us there is also Beauty. Antony Bream is a painter of Light. These depictions of gardens and flowers are used by the Artist as vehicles to show his subtle use of light. The actual paint is at times subsumed and brilliantly used by the Artist to convey the Garden s he is painting but more than this he plays with shadows and sunlight to bring us into the midst of these enchanted spaces. He revels in the application of paint on canvas, and uses paint to emphasise the tonal qualities of light. These extraordinary paintings are not in any sense parochial; they have a quality which is both timeless and universal.