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Bryan Herbert Wynter (8 September 1915 – 2 February 1975) [1] was one of the St. Ives group of British painters. His work was mainly abstract, drawing upon nature for inspiration.

Firewheel, 1964

Born in London, he began in 1933 as a trainee in the family laundry business. In 1937-38 he studied at Westminster School of Art, and 1938-40 at the Slade School of Fine Art in London and Oxford. In the Second World War he was a conscientious objector, first working on land drainage in Oxfordshire, then looking after monkeys being studied by the zoologist Solly Zuckerman.

He settled in Zennor, Cornwall in 1945, and in 1946 was co-founder of the Crypt Group. He taught at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, 1951-56. He was a member of the London Group of artists, and of the Penwith Society of Arts. He died at Penzance, Cornwall. His auction record is £115,250 for his painting "The Indias", set at Sotheby's on 3 November 2010.[2]

In 2001 he was the subject of Bryan Wynter: A Selected Retrospective at Tate St Ives.[3]

Some of his most remarkable works are constructions which he titled IMOOS (Images Moving Out Onto Space). Using a parabolic mirror, he would hang contrasting pairs of painted shapes, which rotated freely. Their reversed reflections enlarged, appearing to move in opposite directions.[1]


Nine of his works are in the Tate collection,[4] and 14 in the collection of the British Council.[5]

He works are also in the collections of the Arts Council, the National Galleries of Scotland, the National Museum & Gallery of Wales, Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow, Southampton City Art Gallery, York City Art Gallery, the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, the Government Art Collection, the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, the Usher Gallery, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, the Whitworth Art Gallery and Leeds City Art Gallery.

The-Artist.orgwebsite (Includes chronology and photographic portrait)
Post-War British Art sale
Tate St Ives: Bryan Wynter Retrospective
Bryan Wynter's works in the Tate collections

Bryan Wynter's works in the British Council collection

External links

Cornwall County Council art collection- biographical information and chronology
Tate online
Image in National Portrait Gallery

Further reading

Bird, Michael, 'A Stream Finds its Way: Painting and Process', Bryan Wynter: Centenary Exhibition (exhib. cat., Jonathan Clark Fine Art, London, 2015)
Bird, Michael, Bryan Wynter. Lund Humphries (2010) ISBN 978-1848220096
Bryan Wynter 1915-1975: catalogue of an exhibition 16 October – 15 November 2002, introduction by Mel Gooding. Jonathan Clark Fine Art, London, 2002. - Gooding gives a deep analysis of the influences on Wynter, including his friendship with Patrick Heron. However, there is little biographical material in the three A4 pages. Bibliographical notes. 16 works illustrated in colour.
Bryan Wynter (St.Ives Artists series) by Chris Stephens. Tate Gallery Publishing (1999) ISBN 1-85437-293-9

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