Bryan Trueman graduated in England as a Painter & Printmaker in the early 1960s. During a working residency close to New York City in the USA between 1967 and 1968 he became curious about ceramics and later went on to develop his career as a self taught ceramicist. He exhibited, lectured and demonstrated in the following countries: England, USA, Holland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Japan, Australia and Bangladesh.
From 1975 he was living in the small bush village of North Warrandyte in the hills just 20 klms. north east of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia until 1988 and Hobart, Tasmania until 1992. Between 1992 and 2006 he lived in England. In 2006 until 2007 he lived in Hobart, Tasmania and during this time he returned to his roots as an artist printmaker. From 2008 until the present he has lived and worked as a digital printmaker in the UK.
In 2013 he completed his first self published book titled "A Journey with Clay...from 42 degrees S. to 54 degrees N." His second book "Ordinary People...Extraordinary Times" a personal story about life on the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire coalfields from the late 19th Century to the mid 20th Century was completed in 2014. His third book "A Sense of Place...from 42 degrees S. To 54 degrees N." was completed in April 2015 and documents his work as a printmaker in Tasmania and the North West of England since 2006. "Lasting Impressions" de Normandie et de Bretagne was completed in January 2016 and is about "visual recollections" and the poignancy of images remembered after numerous visits to these regions. A fifth book titled "A Time Traveller's Recollections de la Côte Bretagne" was completed in late 2017. it has a large format 13" x 11"and 204 pages.
The following is a summary of the book by Ivan Day, author, historian, scholar and educator:
"In this sumptuously designed book Bryan Trueman celebrates a very personal love affair with Brittany. He shares his vision of place with us through a juxtaposition of his own striking photographs and evocative archival images. Bryan has a remarkable eye for the visually exciting and his book is very much that of an artist who is sensitive to the interplay of light on water, tactile sea-eroded surfaces and the antiquity of this mysterious land on the edge of the Atlantic. Unlike an orthodox guidebook, this is really an artist’s tour of Brittany, rich in imagery, but also with great insights into the culture, both ancient and modern of this beautiful region of France."
"I had great pleasure in reading this delightful book about the Brittany coast. The introduction and quotations lead the reader naturally into the substance of the book and I thought the dedication most apt and moving. I enjoyed the journey round this most interesting coast whilst learning of its history and people. Not knowing the area myself, the journey was helped enormously by the little maps at the beginning of each section which enabled me to orientate myself as I read through them. I was fascinated to learn about Ex Voto offerings and to see examples of the tremendous range of such offerings in the various sites of pilgrimage. Also, I suppose it is inevitable that with a coastal area, fishing and seafaring should feature so prominently in all of the communities’ affairs and with it their religious beliefs and buildings and this appears to be reflected in the art of the area too. Sadly, and again inevitably, in such an area there is a strong memory of coastal warfare and the consequent property damage and human carnage, albeit now often in the museums. However, it was refreshing to see that in several places modern art and street art are flourishing. All of this is brilliantly documented and illustrated in this book.I particularly liked the way the author’s own photos were mixed with illustrations from other sources such that they were perfect for the context and all within a vivid layout.Altogether a very informative and enjoyable book."
Don Brown, Skipton, North Yorkshire.
"As a native of Brittany, I thoroughly enjoyed reading “A time travellers recollections de la cote Bretagne”. The reader is taken on a historical and contemporary journey around Brittany’s coastline. Through his clever use of old postcards, recent photographs and his own artwork, the author manages to capture the true and unique nature of Brittany. By showing us a mix of architectural details, snapshots of daily life, wide landscapes and historical events and figures, the author shares with us his obvious love of the region."
Brigitte Kenworthy, Ploüer-sur-Rance, Brittany.
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