Bright & Cheerfull – Brian Cragg

July 19 – August 15

Naïve art – work of artists in sophisticated societies who lack or reject conventional expertise in the representation or depiction of real objects. Naïve artists are not to be confused with hobbyists, or “Sunday painters,” who paint for fun. The naïve creates with the same passion as the trained artist but without the latter’s formal knowledge of methods – Encyclopedia Britannica

Brian came up with the title and it suits as Brian is concerned with keeping his viewing public happy. Brian is constantly searching for subject matter that will appeal to others and the subject matter must be pleasing – bright and cheerful. Brian’s naïve style and subject matter takes us away from the depressing news on the TV every night and the ongoing financial crisis and so on and takes us instead to images of nature, exercising in the park, horse riding and always lots of birds. A clean, simple and happy world.

Brian has no formal training in art but has an interesting background nonetheless – he graduated in physics at King’s College and spent eighteen years in research in physiology and anatomy at University College, London. Brian then came to Australia in 1971, became an Australian citizen and became a Reader in Physiology at Monash University. After fifteen years at Monash, Brian then changed track entirely and has spent the last twenty four years growing fruit between Fish Creek and Foster. Another change saw Brian taking up painting.

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