Coastal Light

Coastal Light

Martyn Brewster

recent paintings and drawings

ceramics by Peter Hayes, Paul Wearing and other leading makers

furniture by Petter Southall

Continues until Sunday 29 October 2017

Martyn Brewster 6 Coastal Light 5 120 x 100 cm oil on canvas £7800

6 Coastal Light 5 120 x 100 cm oil on canvas

This autumn Martyn Brewster fills the galleries of Sladers Yard with his lyrical abstract paintings and pen and ink drawings of the Dorset coast. Martyn has lived near the cliffs, open skies and beaches of Southbourne in Dorset for thirty years, inspired by the natural landscape, the sea and the light as well as by colour and paint itself. He is an artist whose seductive use of colour and vigorous originality has produced paintings and drawings that are collected worldwide.  View Martyn Brewster’s paintings and drawings here.  Please get in touch with the gallery for any enquiries or if you would like an invitation to the opening.

Peter Hayes 1 Raku Standing Stone 127 x 23 cm £3600

Peter Hayes 1 Raku Standing Stone 127 x 23 cm Ceramic. Suitable for outdoors.

More about Peter Hayes ceramic sculpture.

Paul Wearing Ellipse 2 H13 x W29 x D17 cm £450

Paul Wearing Ellipse 2 H13 x W29 x D17 cm £450

More about Paul Wearing ceramics.

Good Times Bench

Petter Southall Good Times Bench 6 foot wide £poa

More about Petter Southall’s furniture.

MB-Of the Sea

Martyn Brewster To the Sea 120 x 120 cm acrylic and collage on canvas £8,500

For his first exhibition at Sladers Yard Martyn Brewster has spent the summer drawing with pen and wash on the Dorset coastline he loves mostly between Bournemouth and Hengistbury Head. He makes these figurative nature studies on site in front of the motif mostly in blacks, whites and tones searching to express the composition and drama he sees in the multiplicity of nature.

MB - Dorset Coastline Drawing 1 ( Hengistbury Head ) Ink and wash 15 x 21 cm 2017

His drawings feed into the abstract colour paintings in oil and in acrylic which he paints in his studio. Colour for him is an emotional vehicle. He talks of colours ‘having a presence in themselves’ and the play between them within a composition has always fascinated him.  He works on a group of paintings at the same time, boldly changing them, exploring and pushing until something magical happens and he finds his reward in the work.  Evocative and suggestive, his paintings and drawings are open to the response of the view.

 Martyn Brewster 24. Winter Light acrylic on canvas 50 x 50 cm £3750

Recently he has introduced a more restrained palette bringing the tones and subtlety of his drawings into his paintings. Flashes of vivid colour move amongst more muted tones of light and dark, the translucent and the opaque, creating dynamic canvases. The quieter approach seems to give an entry to paintings of a fresh contemplative power and strength. Filled with a vitality that expresses his vigorous poetic imagination, these are the paintings Martyn will be showing this autumn at Sladers Yard.


37. Seascape 29 acrylic on canvas on board 2015 20 x 20 cm £650

Martyn Brewster was born in Oxford in 1952. He studied Art and Design in Hertfordshire and Fine Art (Painting) in Brighton followed by a Postgraduate diploma in Printmaking. He has been working as a professional artist ever since with regular solo shows in museums and galleries in London and throughout the UK as well as exhibitions in USA, Canada and throughout Europe. He has won numerous awards and his work is in private, public and corporate collections worldwide including the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Museum. Recently his work has entered the collections of Pallant House, Chichester and the Hepworth Wakefield. In London and New York he is represented by Waterhouse & Dodd.


Please click here to view Martyn Brewster’s work.    To enquire about any painting or about the opening please do contact Sladers Yard on or t: 01308 459511.

MB-Coastline No2

Martyn Brewster Coastline 2 acrylic and collage on canvas 50 x 40 cm £3,400


About Sladers Yard

Sladers Yard is an art gallery and cafe in West Bay, Dorset. Our art gallery showcases contemporary British Art, Furniture and Craft whilst the licensed cafe serves fresh, locally produced homecooked food and drinks.
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