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Painterly Depictions: Art by Bryan Coombes

A painting of sparks flying out of a campfireFire Focus, acrylic on canvas

Painter Bryan Coombes creates detailed, painterly depictions of everything from landscapes to cars. Often painting directly from observation, Bryan has a great eye for color and texture.


A painting of a school busUntitled, sketch

Bryan’s works often feature planes and automobiles.  I enjoy the way that Bryan tailors his painting style to suit the relatively smooth, shiny texture of these metal machines – airplanes, in particular, are rendered with a beautiful metallic gleam, without the artist ever touching a tube of metallic paint.


A gallery of paintings on Bryan Coombes' art websiteBryan's gallery, Stuff I Like on his website


Many of Bryan’s works are created en plein air, with the artist working outdoors, standing in the landscape that he’s busy painting. I think the effect of being surrounded by the scenery really shows itself in Bryan’s finished paintings. Though his painting style is not photorealistic, he does a great job of capturing texture and temperature, putting the viewer right in the scene with him. 


A painting of the flame in a hot air balloonFire In The Sky, acrylic

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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