Harry Brioche

There’s precious few earthly aspects as uplifting and joyous on which to look out on than an ostensibly summer sky, peppered with some white fluffy clouds drifting unchallenged across this epically blue backdrop, the merest hint of a watery sun only in evidence behind the layered cloud mass as its illuminating light source punctuates the green and pastured landscape beneath. Before we burst forth into the sort of whimsical, and very English prose which W H Auden (might) be proud of, we’ll instead furnish you with a little background information about the artist behind such a heightened visual description; namely Harry Brioche.

Celebrated contemporary landscape/fine artist, Brioche is a past (present and future) master at presenting quintessentially British skies and picturesque horizons for our delectation, and brought to us in a palette-bursting range of blue, greens, yellows and brown. Or essentially, the colouration of a spring, summer – and potentially autumn, well spent, pictorially. Rolling country lend balance to the illustratively startling compositions which so seemingly effortlessly capture the very essence of a utopian season in the sun. Of course, with the UK being the UK when it comes to – often mocked – summers, not all of Brioche’s canvases project warmth and contrast, as a previous selection have depicted a familiar landscape once the storm has passed and done its worst. Revealing a fresher, subtly altered landscape offering further degrees of visual splendour to the casual (and more frequent) observer.

Brioche the artist was born in the Seychelles in 1965 and is of Creole and American descent. Enjoying what he himself describes as a wonderful childhood – helped by growing up in what’s considered to be one of the planet’s most beautiful locations – Brioche replaced one glorious setting for another, when he touched down (and set up the next phase of his life/career) in the equally climatically advantageous, Dubai. Remaining there for two years, Brioche eventually upped sticks and made his (to date) final relocation to sunny England in 1980, and immediately enrolled at art college; in his case, Maidstone’s situated in Kent. But the exotically-travelled one couldn’t settle at art school, citing one of the main obstacles to this being the college’s more traditional style of learning regime-like and totally at odds with his more flamboyant and unrestricted lifestyle. So he packed his bags (again) and headed 250 miles north westerly, landing in what he considers the dynamic city of Manchester. Thankfully Brioche was taken with Manchester enough to put down firm roots there, where he still lives and works today with his wife and young family.

Something of a self-taught artist – with a creative discipline-rivalling passion for photography as well – Brioche went on to carve out what became a highly successful and rewarding career in the twin capacity of both a graphic designer and illustrator; and at one juncture severing ties with the corporate side of the creative industries and opting to go it alone. Inherently adventurous and versatile, Brioche launched his own business that offered artwork in a variety of styles and media and quickly found himself inundated with commissions. But for all this Brioche remained unfulfilled and unhappy with his creative lot, with his own deeply personal artistic ambitions still not being answered as far as he was concerned. With this very much at the forefront of his mind and an inescapable truth, Brioche took the bull by the horns and arrived at the conclusion that he must pursue a career solely as a fine artist from this point forward, or forever wonder ‘what if?’

In terms of his brand of art at this juncture, this was originally borne and grounded in his love for the outdoors, which had always been important to him as well as a lived constant wherever he’d happened to lay his metaphorical hat over the intervening years. Brioche had long been enraptured by the skies, especially so when he arrived here in Britain, favourably describing the skyscapes here as being far moodier and volatile than those habitually found above his native Seychelles. So Brioche had spent days at a time travelling around the country photographing and painting the surrounding landscape. Brioche’s refers to his now trademark beautifully coloured oil-administered landscapes as ‘lighting the landscape’, and concurs that the body of his illustrative work has been inspired in no small part by the revered likes of the noted masters of the traditional landscape brush; Turner and Vernet.

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