British artist Bryan Lavelle creates process-led paintings that explore the properties of acrylics and oils. Characterised by bright, bold and saturated colours, Bryan’s abstract paintings form a patterned and textured aesthetic, created by layering and gradually adding the work’s surface. Bryan’s approach is unique in that it focuses on the act of creating and the materials used to create, rather than instilling his art with any conceptual meaning or stylistic genre. Compelling and captivating, Bryan’s art is an investigation into the process of making art.
Born in 1975, Bryan has worked as a fine art painter for over ten years, exhibiting across the country and with work in public collections throughout China and the USA. After completing a BA in Visual Art from the University of Southampton, Bryan went on to do a Masters Degree in Fine Art Practice and Theory. Bryan’s practice is informed and influenced by the likes of Anish Kapoor, Ian Davenport, Jason Martin and Richard Wilson.
Bryan does not encourage the viewer to take meaning from his art, nor does he direct towards a narrative interpretation. Instead he makes paintings that exist to question only themselves as artworks. By subverting expectations and rejecting any preconceived ideas surrounding abstract art, Bryan opens the viewer’s attention to the process and formation of the artwork. From the poly-chromatic use of colour and the repetition of form, to the influence that external elements such as gravity play on the production of a piece of art, Bryan makes work that is honest, direct and as it is.