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North artist's exhibition is sure to be a big draw.

AN exhibition of paintings by Northumberland-based artist, Tom Bromly opened in Gateshead on Friday evening.

As well as being the former Dean of the Faculty of Art and Design at the University of Northumbria - one of the country's most prominent art and design institutions - Tom has exhibited nationally and has work in many private collections.

This latest exhibition, Tom Bromly Paintings, is the first time this collection of his work has been seen outside of small exhibitions in Northumberland.

Landscapes and seascapes have always had a great influence on Tom's work, from the lattice structures of the Kent hop fields of his early life, to the seascapes and olive fields of Southern Italy.

Now retired, Tom, who studied drawing and painting at Canterbury and Leeds Colleges of Art, has been able to concentrate on his deep emotional attachment to the county's rich landscape, in particular the sculptural quality of trees which predominate in much of his later work and in this exhibition, which is made up mostly from paintings in oils, supported by drawings and works in pastel.

Of his work, Tom says: "Our landscape, which we think of as being natural, has been affected and altered by humans for as long as they have existed.

"Once they stopped being nomads, humans began adapting their surroundings to suit their needs. "My paintings link the landscape are affected by these changes. The orderliness of what surrounds us and how it defines what we think of as nature.

"Bright yellow fields against a blue sky, trees planted in order like a squad of soldiers marching across the horizon. Bands of different colour existing together in some man-made tapestry and trees and hedges cut and shaped by machines all as part of this imposed order. This is what I am trying to convey in my drawings and paintings.

"An analysis of what I see rather than a naturalistic copy."

Tom Bromly: Paintings will be on |display in Gateshead Civic Centre Bewick's Gallery until October 2. The gallery is open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.


Left, Tree and Cornfield, centre, Trees and Snowstorm by right, artist Tom Bromly

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 10, 2015
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