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.
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.
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.