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Sandspoor XI
© estate of Bryan Wynter. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo credit: National Galleries of Scotland

Sandspoor XI 1963

Bryan Wynter (1915–1975)

National Galleries of Scotland

British painter, born in London. He studied at Westminster School of Art, 1937–8, and at the *Slade School, 1938–40. In 1945 he settled at Zennor, Cornwall (see St Ives School), and he taught at the *Bath Academy, 1951–6. During the decade 1946–56 his work consisted mainly of gouache landscapes, but in 1956 he began painting the abstracts that are his best-known works. They remain tenuously based on nature and have an affinity with the work of Roger *Bissière: ‘The landscape I live among is bare of houses, trees, people; is dominated by winds, by swift changes of weather, by moods of the sea; sometimes it is devastated and blackened by fire. These elemental forces enter into the paintings and lend their qualities without becoming motifs.

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)


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