- PORT ALBERT AND DISTRICT.
Artist, graphic designer
|Brian was born in Bristol in 1935, where he studied first at Filton
Avenue Primary School, before winning a place at Fairfield Grammar School
in the city.
At the age of fifteen, he took part in an entrance exam for the Royal West of England College of Art, a branch of Bristol University, which he passed and was excepted for their course in Graphic Design. On completion of the course he obtained a position as an apprentice with the large Bristol Company of ES & A Robinson Ltd, manufacturers of all types of packaging materials.
Some years later, after completing his apprenticeship and also serving in the RAF for two years, Brian was transferred by Robinson’s to the new establishment they had purchased in Auckland, New Zealand, taking with him his new wife Jacqui. They spent five happy tears in New Zealand, before returning to Bristol for family reasons, and it was then that Brian started working for a Bath advertising agency, RW Trowbridge & Partners as a designer, illustrator and photographic retoucher, a position he held for five years until 1969 when he left to start his own business, also in Bath.
During the eighteen years he operated the business he produced a wide range of work including all the types he had produced for Trowbridge’s, plus exhibition design, photography, photographic processing and copy-writing.
In 1987, after having visited there in 1986, Brian and Jacqui decided to cease trading in Bath and move to Australia, where they have lived ever since. During this time Brian worked for an advertising agency and a design studio, both in Melbourne, until he retired from regular work in 1996, at which time he and his wife moved to the small Gippsland town of Yarram. He later became a councillor, and is involved in community affairs.
Since retirement, Brian has managed to keep himself almost more busy than when he was working – writing many articles for magazines and journals as well as painting, mainly in acrylics, producing a wide range of works including landscapes, portraits and abstracts. He has exhibited, and sold works in England, New Zealand and Australia.
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