About Clive Bryant
By combining realism with abstraction, my art combines the things we know with the things we feel, coexisting in a world of emotive expressionist mark-making and colour. Symbolism often plays a part, particularly text, which excites a part of the brain beyond imagery. It echoes my passion for playing jazz, where I improvise over a motif, exploring alternatives, and push it away from its starting point: recognisable, but new.
There is something intrinsically appealing to me about creating something interesting and beautiful out of base materials – like a kind of alchemy to excite the brain.
Working in layers enables me to create an evolving image that continually captures time through depth. I find oil paint the perfect medium for my intentions, enabling a conversation to take place between traditional and contemporary art, resulting in art pieces that feel alive and express a psychological reality.
Portraits for NHS Heroes
Subject: Doctor Alex Ward
Original Artwork: 50cm x 40cm (20” x 16”), oil on textured linen panel
“Doctor Alex Ward is a GP in the South of England. He was nominated for a portrait by his brother and, because it was a surprise, I had limited photo reference to work from. I chose the reference I did (which was from a “snap” taken at a birthday party) because I liked how the sunlight burst on to the side of his face.”
Norfolk Painting School Diploma 2016
Numerous workshops including:
Florence Academy at Stowe 2016 & 2017
Henry Yan, London Fine Art Studios 2017, 2018 & 2019
Henry Yan, Winter Garden FL 2020
Casey Baugh, LA 2018
Zin Lim, London 2018 and 2019
Felicia Forte, London Fine Art Studios 2019
Vincent Desiderio, Menorca 2019
David Shevlino, London Fine Art Studios 2019
Gary Wragg, Brighton UK, 2019
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) Prize Exhibition 2019, RBSA Open 2020
MK Open Exhibition 2019
Clive has exhibited with the Northampton Town and County Art Society since 2015 and was elected as an Associate Member in 2017.