Painterly Depictions: Art by Bryan Coombes
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.
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.
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.