Having originally studied art and graphic illustration in the 1970s at North Devon College and Cornwall College of Art, I continued to develop as an artist working as illustrator and draughtsman in a variety of different jobs. Moving to a larger home in North Devon with more space has recently enabled me to return to my love of painting.
I now create images inspired by Exmoor National Park and the wonderful beaches and craggy coastline of the area, using a variety of media such as acrylic, oil, watercolour, crayon and pastel. In my landscapes I try to capture the unique mood of North Devon with wind swept trees, reflective wet sands and moody storm laden skies. In my pen and ink drawings, I use my own preparation of Bideford Black pigment to emphasise the contrast between light and dark to enhance their dramatic impact. My style is constantly evolving. The media I choose is often mixed as I strive to refine and develop the overall image. I have an aspiration to create an image of effortless and confident brushwork which can be hampered by my education in illustrative graphics. However, this constant tension and trial by ordeal allows each composition to develop with creative passion.
In my paintings, the observer may sense the emotional highs and lows I have experienced during the creative process. However, there comes a time when a happy and fortuitous revision can occur, my confidence grows and the work in progress becomes painfully finalised.
By Dr Felix Underwood.
“Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things.”
9 Priory Close
Devon EX31 1QX
Through Facebook as Al Brown.
Tel:- 07805 000 630
Spent time in the 70s/80s playing music in London & Birmingham. Lived in many squats during this period and played bass in many failed jazz/funk/fusion bands. In recent years I’ve returned to playing or rather murdering the acoustic guitar instead of the old bass. I have about 30 songs written so far, there are a couple of sad videos on YouTube under Al Brown.
I have travelled independently to most places in the world over the years. Lived and worked in dubious countries including, Thailand, Bangkok, Hawaii, Paris, New York, Bali, Beijing, Hong Kong, Java etc. My wife and I particularly like SE Asia and Nepal. By the way Koh Samet used to be a wonderful Island.
Worked as a Beach Lifeguard. At the North Devon Leisure Centre I worked as a swimming instructor, athletics coach and Gym Instructor.
In Hong Kong I worked as a movie extra in Kung Fu movies. As an English Teacher to the Triads and in sales for the Marriot Hotel Asia.
Other jobs include Draughtsman, Production Designer, Musician, Masseur, Scaffolder, Fine Art Dealer, worked for Hatton Garden Diamond Centre, Security Guard, Barman, Welder, Job Recruitment Adviser, Photographer, Picture Framer, Illustrator, Packaging Designer, Artist and enthusiastic beach bum to name the ones I can remember.
Presently I am working for the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust as a Registered Nurse, practising in their operating theatres. I specialise in Trauma, General & Elective Orthopaedic Surgery.
With a recent move to a larger home with space, I’ve returned to the drawing board enjoying the new found enthusiasm I had long lost for painting. In the next month I will become partly retired so I can spend more time to my painting!
Please enjoy my journey so far. Al
Plough Arts Centre in Torrington.
The Burton Gallery Exhibitions in Bideford.
The White Moose ‘Black Arts’ Exhibition in Barnstaple.
Hatherleigh Festival ‘solo’ 2019.
Pilton Arts Old School ‘Black Arts’ Exhibition.
Instow RNLI Exhibitions.
Regular Art Trek Exhibitor.