Contemporary Fine art Gallery in South Devon

Brian Crossley

Brian Crossley started painting at the age of 8, at his Church of England School in the West Ridings of Yorkshire, encouraged by an inspirational Art teacher, Mrs Ellis, who proclaimed that he would be an artist one day. When the school was demolished some thirty years later the walls of the headmaster’s study were still covered with Brian’s paintings. Brian went on to Grammar School and although he would have loved to go on to study Art, the war had just ended and he had to leave at the age of 14 to help his uncle on the farm.  So began a life-long association with the countryside which has so influenced his painting in later years....

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....Brian went on to have his own tenancy on land owned by Lord Horton Fawkes, a relative of the infamous Guy Fawkes and then some forty years ago, he moved from Yorkshire to Devon where he bought his first dairy farm at Hatherleigh in North Devon before finally settling in Tiverton with a soft fruit farm. 

Throughout his farming years Brian has continued to paint seriously and even ran his own successful gallery attached to the farm.  He has exhibited extensively in London and America and has gained an international reputation for his work. His idol growing up was Rowland Hilder and he also admired Edward Seago, both well known and accomplished English artists. 

In later years his work has been influenced by the Scottish Colourists and the French Impressionists of the 1880’s and he still loves to paint in France, particularly on the south coast, and in his adopted home of East Devon and the South Hams.  As he says, “We have everything here, fantastic light, amazing coastline and beautiful countryside, so why travel any further”.

Brian Crossley original Art for sale