Antony Bream

Influenced by late nineteenth-century masters such as John Singer Sargent, and the Spaniard, Sorolla, Antony 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, This gives a sense of immediacy and directness.

 He has had numerous one-man shows in London’s West End include the Fine Art Society, Derek Johns, St James’s Art Group, David Messum and Rafael Valls. As well as major commissions from industry and commerce for large figure paintings, including the much admired Bar picture at Green’s Restaurant in St James’s.

Bream has travelled extensively, painting in Morocco on numerous occasions since the 1970s, working exclusively en plein air. Other destinations include Australia, India, Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Turkey, Kenya, the USA, as well as frequent painting trips to France, Italy and Spain.

‘Since my student days at the R.A,  apart from steeping myself in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, I have had great enthusiasm for the Edwardians, Sargent, Brangwyn and others. My paints are all hand-ground. I also stretch, prepare and prime my own canvasses. My process varies little from nineteenth- century studio practice. Everything is painted from life – portraits, nudes, landscapes and interiors.’


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