Adrian Hill Fine Art

Brian Smith RI

Brian began his career with 25 years of freelance illustration work allowing him to accrue a vast knowledge in a diverse range of skills in various mediums.
Watercolour became his chosen path and after some years of experimentation and struggle, his commitment and love of the medium brought him success and recognition with work being shown at The Mall, Bankside and Cork Street Open Exhibition in recent years.
Brian’s chosen subjects now focus on Architecture and People going about their daily lives.

Biography

Brian began his career with 25 years of freelance illustration work allowing him to accrue a vast knowledge in a diverse range of skills in various mediums.
Watercolour became his chosen path and after some years of experimentation and struggle, his commitment and love of the medium brought him success and recognition with work being shown at The Mall, Bankside and Cork Street Open Exhibition in recent years.
Brian’s chosen subjects now focus on Architecture and People going about their daily lives.

He has written articles for a number of the Instructional Art magazines in the UK. The prestigious International Artist magazine offers an 8 page feature of Brian and his work in the February/March 2011 issue increasing his exposure to a worldwide audience.

I am trying put a twist on a subject that may initially appear ordinary. Light selection creates atmosphere to explain my narrative. Simplify the image to three or four collective tonal shapes creates focus. Plein Air, sketch book or my own reference are starting points. Suggest and imply, let the viewer have input.

In 1978 I went freelance after 8 years under the wing of experienced artists. I shared a room with 4 other artists and first encountered the wonderful work of John Blockley who left an indelible mark on me. Watercolour enthralled me and he showed the scope that set me on my path. Soho was my base for 20 years before moving to Eastbourne on the South Coast with my wife Chris and 3 children to run a residential painting school from our home for the next 14 years. In 1995 when the nest was empty we continued our adventure on Menorca in the Balearic Islands until returning to the UK in 2010.

I am based in Malmesbury, Wiltshire and have a studio near my home besides running workshops and demonstrations around the UK as well as tutoring at West Dean College, West Sussex and Higham Hall in the Lakes.

I am inspired by people going about their daily lives usually within an architectural setting.

Available Artworks