Curated by Professor Simon Olding
1 March – 12 April 2018
Northwest Gallery, AUB
Brought to you in partnership with TheGallery, AUB and Waterhouse & Dodd, London. Martyn Brewster: The Nocturnes, a text + work exhibition at TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth.
The exhibition Martyn Brewster: The Nocturnes at TheGallery, AUB is a selection of recent works including paintings and drawings by the long-time associate Martyn Brewster. The Arts University Bournemouth exhibited with Martyn when TheGallery first opened its doors in 1998, and has since held a selection of his work as part of the AUB collection.
For the last thirty years, Martyn has lived near the cliffs, open skies and beaches of Southbourne, Dorset. Inspired by natural landscape, the sea and the light, his images are based on abstract or landscape themes.
Whilst always being involved with painting and the use of strong rich colours, his most recent work introduces a more restrained palette into his evocative abstract paintings. Martyn’s vigorous poetic response to his natural surroundings is expressed in the vitality of the work, and the quieter approach heralds paintings of a fresh contemplative power and strength.
Meet the Artist: Martyn Brewster
Martyn Brewster is a painter and printmaker, born in Oxford, 1952. He creates paintings, drawings and prints based on abstract or landscape themes. Martyn studied Painting at Brighton University followed by an MA in Printmaking instead.
He has had regular solo exhibitions in museums and galleries in London and across the UK, as well as in USA, Canada and Europe. His work can be found in private, public and corporate collections worldwide including the V&A, the British Museum, Russell-Cotes Art gallery, and recently Pallant House and the Hepworth Wakefield. Martyn has won numerous awards and has had retrospective exhibitions at Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum (1977), and the Royal West of England Academy (2001), amongst others. Martyn Brewster has also taught in the Fine Art Department at AUB for 16 years (1988 – 2004), and was involved in developing the original BA (Hons) Fine Art degree course at the University.
A study of Martyn’s life and work was published by Professor Simon Olding and Mel Gooding in 1997. A study of his printmaking, Martyn Brewster: Prints 1975 – 2007 by Vivienne Light and Professor Simon Olding was also published in 2008. Martyn is represented by Waterhouse & Dodd, London and New York.
Meet the Curator: Professor Simon Olding
Simon Olding is a writer and curator. He is Director of the Crafts Study Centre and Professor of Modern Craft at the University for the Creative Arts. He is Chair of The Bernard Leach (St Ives) Trust; President of Walford Mill Crafts and a patron of SIT Select, as well as sitting on the advisory boards of the Journal of Modern Craft and Craft Research.
Simon is a member of the School of Art Museum and Galleries advisory committee of Aberystwyth University and an Honorary Fellow of AUB. He continues his interest in the visual arts and craft of makers in Dorset, following on from his directorship of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum (1989-99) with essays on Jim Hunter, Frances Hatch, Richard Batterham and the Dorset Craft Guild. He was co-editor and co-selector for Fifty Dorset Makers (Dorset Visual Arts) in 2017 and is the author of the monograph Martyn Brewster (Scolar Press, 1997) and co-author with Vivienne Light of Martyn Brewster: Prints 1975 – 2007 (Canterton books, 2008).
Martyn Brewster: The Nocturnes
Published by text + work, TheGallery, AUB
2018, Soft cover with images
Publication includes written contributions by Professor Stuart Bartholomew (AUB), Richard Waring, BA (Hons) Fine Art Course Leader (AUB), Jamie Anderson, Director, Waterhouse & Dodd, London; and Professor Simon Olding.
Edited by Violet McClean and Thaires Vicentini.
Available to purchase from TheGallery Office or the AUB online store.
Martyn Brewster – Shadows & Light
27 February – 23 March 2018
Located at: Waterhouse & Dodd, London
The exhibition will feature recent works by the well known abstract artist Martyn Brewster. Brewster’s work is strongly linked to the English landscape tradition and these recent paintings explore the coastal light of the south coast of Dorset where he lives and works.
Waterhouse & Dodd
Ray Waterhouse and Jonathan Dodd started working together as art dealers in 1982 and they formed Waterhouse & Dodd five years later. After 30 years of international dealing Waterhouse & Dodd has galleries in both London and New York, and an office in Paris.
In London they opened their impressive new ground floor gallery on 47 Albemarle Street in Mayfair in 2013. This space is dedicated to exhibiting and dealing in Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art with a team managed by Jonathan Dodd. They also have works on view at their second gallery space in London at 16 Savile Row.
Waterhouse & Dodd opened a gallery in New York in 2010, and are now based on the Upper East Side at 15, East 76th Street where they have a gallery exhibiting Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art. This is also the US base for Fine Art Brokers, their art advisory service. Ray Waterhouse has relocated to New York and runs this space with the support of the team there.