Bryan Wynter Hostile Tribe 1956 © Estate of Bryan Wynter. All rights reserved. DACS, London 2023


Born 1915
Died 1975
Nationality English
Birth place London
Death place Penzance

Born in London, Bryan Wynter moved to Cornwall after the Second World War, where he became an important figure on the local art scene. Living and working in a remote cottage above the village of Zennor, near St Ives, for twenty years, Wynter was able to immerse himself in nature and the landscape. His early work consists of small paintings of Cornish subjects, but his style began to change in the mid 1950s. In 1956, Wynter painted the first of the large, abstract canvases with which he is associated. Still influenced by nature, although not directly representational, Wynter’s paintings are built up of interlocking brushstrokes, which appear to have developed organically. He also looked to Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and Eastern philosophy for inspiration.