Piers Browne

Piers Browne (British, b. 1949)

Piers Browne – A painter in the English tradition who often shows in the Royal Academy Summer Show and in November at the New English Art Club

Piers followed a classical path through art schools and travelled widely in Europe and Africa before settling in Wensleydale in 1975.

1968-70 – Byam Shaw, London under Peter Garrard and Maurice de Saumarez.

1970 – Travelled in Africa, painting, and 1971 spent whole year copying in European museums from Paris to Palermo.

1972-75 – Royal Academy Schools, London, where won David Murray Landscape prize two years running. He learnt to etch at the same time at Islington Studio under the late great Hugh Stoneman.

1975 onwards – Piers settled in Wensleydale and has had to date nearly 50 One Man exhibitions as far afield as Reykjavik, Malibu, Munster (North Germany),etc. and for 20 years was part of the Askrigg Group who exhibited locally every August. To date Piers has had over 24 pictures hung in the Royal Academy.

1988 – Though he ferociously paints, his first book was “A Shropshire Lad” – illustrating the poems of AE Housman (Sold out).

1989 – His next book “An Elegy in Arcady” followed in 1989 – a biography of Housman written and illustrated by Piers.

1991- John Murray published his next book “William Wordsworth – A Lakeland Anthology” – Wordsworth Poetry, with 54 coloured etchings by Piers (it was equal first in the WH Smith Illustrated Book of the Year Award, 1991) – many of the etchings are now sold out (as is the book).

1993 – Began composing music set with his published verse.

1993 – November – In conjunction with the Council for the Protection of Rural England, he presented a large show of his Oils and Etchings at Smiths Galleries, Convent Garden. Later, at the invitation of the Government of Iceland, he displayed this exhibition in Rejkyavik.

1994 – His fourth book – “Wensleydale” – Etchings and Verse by Piers Browne, was launched at the Medici Gallery, Grafton Street, London. About 100 signed copies are left of the 4000.

1994 – Exhibition of Javanese pictures in London.

1996 – May – His “Shropshire Lad” etchings were shown at the Royal Festival Hall’s Poetry Library.

1998 – Exhibitions “Watercolours to Drypoints” at Zella Gallery, Fulham, London in May – almost their last show – Piers stocked Zella from 1972.

2001 – October – The Aegean Seen show at Godfrey and Watt in Westminster Arcade, Harrogate was the start of many almost sell-out One-mans there.

2001 – February – Piers’ “Boscobel Oak” etching was presented to Prince Charles at Boscobel House near Wolverhampton.

In late 2002 he began ‘’SONNETS FOR A SIREN’ – his third totally handmade book in an edition of 20 and now at £5000 each.

2002 -The main launch of The Glorious Trees of Great Britain book and huge and small oils and etchings reproduced in the book was at NORTH LIGHT GALLERY, Yorkshire Technology Park, Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield.

2003 – March/April The Scottish launch of Piers’ trees book with all etchings was in the spacious BROUGHTON PLACE nr. Peebles when run by the distinguished watercolourist Graham Buchanan Dunlop; Piers had a well visited large stand at The Chelsea Flower Show that year.

2003 – August Finally, after 25 years, shows of the Askrigg group (including the distinguished potter Andrew Hague) ended.

2004 – March/ April – New small oils & etchings at Godfrey & Watt, Harrogate.
29 May /June – ABERYSTWYTH (tree etchings and some giant oil to shatter the peace) VENUE in foyer of The National Library at Aberystwyth.

October 7 – 28 The Blake Gallery, Blake Street in central York. This huge one man exhibition of seascapes around Whitby & the Scottish Highlands, etc. was very successful, ’06 October saw another huge One-man of Oils there – they stock Piers’ oils permanently.

2005 – The Craft Centre, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds
March – June – On show were TEN of Piers’ largest and probably most audacious etchings – this gallery has a tiny permanent selection of Piers’ prints.

2008 – launch of Piers’ latest book, Sonnets for a Siren at the Cambridge Book & Print Gallery.

2009 One man 52 Gallery, Mayfair, London SEASCAPES

2011 One man 52 Gallery, Mayfair, London AEGEAN Paintings + Etchings

2012 January Important One man of Etchings at Highgate Contemporary art, n London

2013 Bankside Gallery printmakers Open Show  WINTER DAWN exhibited, one of the new large etchings in PBs latest 4 year magnum opus: 8 large colour etchings of the SEASONS from one vantage point high in Wensleydale looking in one direct at dawn and a dusk, each in the four seasons.Prize from John Purcell paper

Merchant Best selling colour etching at the RASummner show again for its 18 max size on one side

2014 huge One-man of new Oils and etchings called: THE CALL OF CELTIC SEAS at Highgate Contemporary Art in N London

1975 – One Man’s eg: Malibu through Reyjavik to Munster! Locally: Leigh Gallery, Zella 9, Godfrey & Watt & many recently at Blake Gallery, York, Highgate Contemporary Art, + 2013 in mixed show, Russell Gallery, Putney.

Prizes/Awards
1974 & 1975 David Murray Landscape Prize, London

1986 Rank Xerox Printmaking Prize London

1987 John Player Portrait Award 2nd Prize National Portrait Gallery

1987 Norsk Hydro Painting Award, Darlington

1991 WHSmith Illustrated Book of the Year/joint First prize with mass edition AND handmade Wordsworth book

2009 Artichoke Printmaking Award, London

2011 Made Painter of the North in Mall Galleries DISCERNING EYE show

2012 Winner of The Great North Art Show, Ripon Cathedral

Collections
V & A, Ashmolean, Cambridge University library, Bodleian library, British Library, London, Leeds/Plymouth/York City Art,
Darlington public galleries, etc.Numerous company premises incl Price Waterhouse, Guinness,
Newby Hall, Tarmac.
Numerous private collections incl HRH Pr Charles, Felix Dennis, Edward Guinness & many ex Ministers of the Arts!