Great Bookham : Surrey
19th, 20th & 21st Century Artists
DEREK BROWN (1924-2009)
Derek was born in London in 1924. After leaving the army in 1947 he first trained as a dentist. It was not until the death of his father in 1954, who himself was an artist, that Derek began to paint, mainly in oils. For the most part self taught, he received his initial training at Heatherley School of Fine Art and was influenced at that time by the Australian Impressionist painter Hayward Veal. He had his first One Man Exhibition in 1972. After several years of group exhibitions and One Man Shows in Surrey he became, in 1984, a full-time professional artist showing his work at home and abroad. His paintings of flowers have a lightness of touch and vibrance of colour that defy the name "still" life. In an impressionist style Derek is able to portray the movement of light on the subject making colours dance and blend one with the other. Never formally set, his studies show a true delight and deep understanding of the matter in hand. Many of his paintings have been reproduced as limited edition prints and greetings cards. Derek lived in Cambridgeshire until his death in 2009.

Derek Brown Pansies

watercolour 8 x 10 inches

Chris Forsey RI
Chris studied art and graphics at Bristol and became an illustrator in a publisher's studio, self taught as a watercolour painter he is constantly trying to extend and add to his skills. He has exhibited with the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and runs his own watercolour classes in Surrey and Sussex and in the Greek Islands. He re-appraises his style and technique on a regular basis and this has led him towards a mixed-media approach in his work, combining watercolour, acrylic, pastel and gouache. Exhilarated by colour and surface he enjoys creating textured layers of dry-brushed colour that allow hints of complementary hue to glow through, thus creating an exciting surface of scattered, broken colour. Specialising in landscape subjects, exploring the themes of man-made alongside the organic: buildings by water; structure emerging from a rocky cliff, sometimes with figures contributing to this theme, inhabiting the middle ground between buildings and the wildness of nature. Inspired by downland, coastal scenes of the UK and the Mediterranean, cafe life and townscapes. He captures the sense of a place at a specific moment, season or time of day, always endeavouring to bring passion and immediacy to his work. He won the Matt Bruce Memorial Award light and colour at the 2007 RI exhibition. Chris Forsey was awarded the Lincoln Joyce / F. Donald Blake Award at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in 2006. Chris was elected a member of the Royal Society of Painters in Wayercolour in 2010.

Chris Forsey RI Sunshine Florence
oil 24 x 30 inches


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