A local artist who has been painting landscapes across England, Scotland, Europe and America for more than 50 years returns to Doncaster for an exhibition this autumn.
Bryan Day has spent almost a decade living and painting in southern Spain but now the Maltby-born artist has returned to Doncaster where his creative talents first emerged as a schoolboy at Tickhill St Mary’s Primary.
The 79-year-old said: “I always wanted to reproduce what I had seen and do it in my own way.
“The first picture I ever painted was of Tickhill Castle gates which I initially sketched from the bank. The view has changed a lot, particularly as there are so many trees now, but the building and chimney stack I drew are still there.”
After attending Maltby Hall School, work took Bryan to Cumbria where he studied at Carlisle College of Art. Exhibitions later followed particularly in many northern towns and notably at Abbot Hall in Kendal and Norham House in Cockermouth – both well-respected venues in artistic circles. He also enjoyed an annual fixture in Kirkcudbright, Scotland where he held regular one-man shows.
For years Bryan sketched and painted almost daily and only recently has he adopted a more leisurely approach, picking up his brush two or three times a week.
He has gradually come to favour watercolours after working mainly in oils and remains keen to explore different methods, recently developing a semi-abstract approach.
A current work in progress is a view of southern Spain, inspired by his vivid impressions of the Mediterranean. But new pictures of Doncaster have also joined his collection as he has painted more local scenes since his return.
Most recently he exhibited at the town’s Brevon Art Gallery with a retrospective show of work old and new.
Bryan’s next exhibition will take place at The Mac Gallery on South Parade, Doncaster, where a small selection of current work can be seen throughout November.
Anyone interested in finding out more can contact Bryan on 01302 744952.