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A Portfolio of Plein Air Paintings by Bryan Coombes

A painting of several figures riding an old-fashioned carSpirits of the West, acrylic on canvas

Painter Bryan Coombes is inspired by the world around him, whether it’s a vast forested landscape, or rusting antique car. The artist’s body of work focuses on plein air paintings, with subject matter inspired by Bryan’s previous work as a pilot, mountaineer, and photographer.

A painting of a mountainous section of the Coquihalla highwayCoquihalla Vahlhalla, oil


Bryan’s figurative paintings, especially those of familiar outdoor spaces -- roads, towns, and forests -- have a lovely sense of familiarity about them. Even if you’ve never been to the location in question, the artist’s painterly, slightly gestural style helps foster a sense that these scenes could be taking place almost anywhere. That painterly plein air style also reminds me of fellow painters like Michael Gaudreau.

The front page of Bryan Coombes' painting portfolio websiteThe front page of Bryan's portfolio website


I particularly enjoy Bryan’s nighttime scenes -- the artist has a remarkable eye for depicting firelight, with showers of sparks rendered in the perfect shades of orange and yellow, laid down in a splattering pattern that lends an edge of abstraction to the works.

A painting of a campfire in the mountains at nightJasper Flames

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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