Collection: Brian Prangle

Brians' work is unashamedly representational. He seeks to keep his eyes wide open to the endless complexity of colour and light and shine it into peoples' lives. He uses soft pastels for the primal feeling of applying and mixing pigment with his fingers directly onto a surface. He also likes surprising people's concept of pastels as a medium that most have only seen being used in the courtroom depictions of villains or by pavement artists. He is a largely self-taught artist and has been drawing and painting for eight years with his favourite subjects being portraits and mountains. He has lived and worked in Birmingham for 40 years and his professional and academic life was in science and technology so his artistic voice struggles against seeing the world as data to be explained factually and rationally, but it never shuts up and has to be served.