Martyn Brewster makes paintings, drawings, and prints based on abstract or landscape themes. Through the lyrical and dynamic application of layers of vibrant colour, different places, moods or sensations are evoked. He has lived in Dorset close to the sea for over twenty years.
Brewster has had retrospective exhibitions at the Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum (1977), the Royal West of England Academy (2001), and the Study Gallery of Modern Art, Poole (2003) amongst others. He has won numerous awards and has work in private, public and corporate collections worldwide. Collections include :-
Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Britain (library), British Museum, Russell- Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Arts Institute at Bournemouth and Bournemouth University.
Alongside the Studio Ceramics shown in the Gallery, Fine Art drawings and paintings in all mediums have always featured in exhibitions.
Bettles Gallery has built up a coterie of painters who regularly feature in exhibitions and provide a stable of talent to which the Gallery has access. Among the most prominent are Martin Brewster, Brian Graham, Tony Scrivener, Felicity House, Teresa Lawton, Sheila Goodman, Roger Bettle, John Austin Williams, Paul Jones and John Austin Williams.
Paul Jones was a scholarship student at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham at a time when Adrian Heath, Robyn Denny and Howard Hodgkin were his tutors. After achieving his National Diploma in Design he taught Art and Pottery at Bournville Grammar School and in 1969 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
A career change to Graphic Design led to him relocating to Dorset where he had his first major exhibition in 1979. The move to Dorset provided his first encounter with the chalk laden downland and coastline that continues to inspire much of his work. 'His subtle work seems to get right to the heart of the ancient landscape...' (Exhibition Review, Fanny Charles).