Painter, draughtsman, photographer and teacher, born in Los Mochis, Mexico. He studied at Canterbury College of Art, 1946–50, then Leeds College of Art, 1953–4. Began teaching painting, 1955–61, at Newcastle College of Art & Design, eventually becoming dean of the faculty of arts and design at Newcastle Polytechnic, 1987–92. Bromly was closely connected with the development of art and design education throughout Britain. In 1992 he was co-author of Capability Through Art & Design. Bromly was a founding member of the Newcastle Group in the 1960s, creating large hard-edge pictures, but the constraints on his time determined a change in scale and subjects over the years. As well as mixed shows in the northeast and elsewhere Bromly had a series of solo exhibitions, with a retrospective at University Gallery, University of Northumbria, 1993–4.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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