John Brunsdon Biography

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John Brunsdon (1933-2014) studied at the Royal College of Art from 1955 to 1958. He was head of the printmaking department at St.Albans College of Art for sixteen years and later lived near Diss on the Suffolk/Norfolk border where he had his own print workshop. He exhibited widely in the United States and Europe, and in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and Canada, as well as participating in many one-man shows and group exhibitions in the UK. His work is represented in many major public collections, including the Tate Gallery, the British Council, Scottish Museum of Modern Art, the V & A, The Arts Council, the Museum of Modern Art New York. Brunsdon is widely considered one of Britain's most distinguished printmakers.

Landscape was always John's foremost influence, even when images were still abstract and influenced by American abstract expressionists such as Kline and Motherwell. He was fascinated by man's mark on the landscape - the contrast between buildings and countryside: the one temporary the other timeless and primeval.

All of John's work is individually hand etched, inked, coloured and printed. He took delight in the texture and decorative qualities of etched marks and the sweeping shapes of broad colour which fuse into timeless images.

Selected Exhibitions Include:

1967
Curwen Gallery, London

1968
Printmakers Workshop, Edinburgh

1973
Oxford Gallery

1975
Zella 9 Gallery, London

1976
Swansea Arts Festival

1989
Heffers gallery, Cambridge

1973 - 96
Regularly with CCA Galleries

1988 - 08
Regularly with Bircham Contemporary Arts

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