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Brian Elwell

Visual artist

Brian Elwell is an experienced and award winning artist based in Bath, specialising in contemporary urban landscapes.

His latest works comprise “A series of paintings about the games people play in order to give meaning and purpose to their lives.

Some of these games are deadly, and involve violent and disastrous acts and consequences. The destructive games invariably fail in their objective, and only serve to make life more pointless, and the planet less habitable.

There are games that lift the spirits of the players, giving them joy and inspiration.These involve giving, sharing and compassion – a love of life and a desire to nurture each other and the environment. Most of these paintings are about the human need to give life some meaning and purpose.”(Brian Elwell).

Solo exhibitions

2016         FCA Canary Wharf                         ​  London

2013         Bath Artists Studios Gallery             Bath

2008         St. Pauls Cathedral                          London

2008         Bath Artists Studios Gallery             Bath

2005         Fusion Gallery                                  Bristol

2003         Rooksmoor Gallery                          Bath

2001         Jelly Gallery                                     Reading

2000          Victoria Art Gallery                          Bath

1996          Black Swan guild                            Frome

1885          C.C.A. Galleries                              Bath

Major Group Shows

2020         London Contemporary Art               London

2016         Paragon Gallery                               Cheltenham

2015         Imagianation Gallery                        Bath

2014         Mariners Chapel                              St. Ives

2013         Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Show    London

2012        Denise Yapp Gallery                         New York City

2008        Holburne Portrait Prize Exhibition    Bath

2007        R.O.I Mall Galleries                          London

2007        Gallery on the Green                       Warlingham

2007        Fusion gallery                                  Bristol

2006        Webbs Fine Art                                London

2006        Throgmortons Gallery                     London

2004        Leith Gallery                                    Edinburgh

2004        Red Rag Gallery                             Stow

2002        Artmonsky Arts                               London

2001        Drury Lane Gallery                         London

1999        John Hansard Gallery                    Southampton

1985       Morley gallery                                  London

1982        Ikon Gallery                                    Birmingham

Art Fairs

2007        Glasgow Art Fair                            Glasgow

2007        Affordable Art Fair                          London

2006        Affordable art Fair                          London


2009        Meetings With Remarkable People

2010         Direct Art Magazine

Work promoted by

London Contemporary Art, Bath Art Society, Riverside Studios, One Red Wall, Art Domain, Art Contact, London Art, Ginger White, Artiizan Arthouse. 


Stephanie Cole, John Sergeant, Helen Noone, David Messum, Marquis of Bath, Salisbury District Hospital, Falkiner Fine Papers, Charles Pettiward, Southampton University, Southern Arts Association, Linda Saunders, Brian Roper, Starbucks, Theatre Royal Bath.  

Work experience

I was formerly employed at Southampton Institute as a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art teaching fine art students and as Head of Foundation Studies until 1987, when I left to study at Wimbledon School of Art for a Higher Diploma in Printmaking.  

  • National Diploma in Design 1959 -60
  • Chelsea Diploma in Fine Art 1960-61
  • Leverhulme Travelling Scholarship 1961-2
  • Master of Arts – Birmingham Polytechnic 1981-2
  • Higher Diploma in Printmaking – Wimbledon School of Art 1987-88


Leverhulme Travelling Sholarship 1961-62

Biddulph Drawing Scolarship 1960

Self Portrait Prize – Limner Gallery 2009