Bryan Ellery was born in England in 1943.
His first stab at portraiture was at the age of seven – a rather rude caricature in mud of his headmaster, for which he was given the cane! Having thankfully learned a little about diplomacy during the next few years he, at the age of 19, produced a bronze of the Professor of English at Exeter University, Moelwyn Merchant, which gained him general approval and several commissions, and (thank you Moelwyn) even an Honours degree in English. This portrait is now in the library at Eton College.
Over the years this gift of portraiture has allowed him to travel to most parts of the world to work on private commissions, whilst earning a living to help his ever increasing family. Of the continents left unexplored a commission now awaits immediate attention in Cape Town, whilst a one-year-old in Rio will be ready for a portrait in about two years time
He has always been fascinated by the human face, and it’s infinite variety, and has tried , over the years to throw his net as widely as possible in his choice of subjects, both in the age range (from fidgety one year olds to chatty nonagenarians), to the varying colours and characteristics available in humankind, and in their positions and skills in society.
He particularly enjoys working with creative people, such as the writer Ben Okri, or the painter John Napper. Some years ago he made a portrait of Julie Christie ,the actress, and travelled to St Petersburg to portray the conductor Ilia Musin. In Hong Kong he caught up with the entrepreneur and musician David Tang. In England he has just finished a portrait of Sir Alistair Horne, the historian.
Bronze portraiture has traditionally been popular with the aristocracy, and Bryan has often had the good fortune to work in their beautiful stately homes. But though some of his sitters may happen to be well known figures in society, or members of the “glitterati”, Bryan prefers to ignore their alter egos and study them as just more examples of the beauty of humanity. He is especially known for his likenesses of children, which bring out their intrinsic and unique magic. He lives in Brighton with his wife Janet Brooke, who is a professional Printmaker janetbrooke.com