Bryan Organ

born 1935

Bryan Organ, ‘Four Birds’ 1977
Four Birds 1977
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Bryan Organ (born 31 August 1935 in Leicester) is a British artist considered one of the leading and most innovative English portrait painters of the 20th century. His paintings have included portraits of prominent public figures and of members of the British royal family. Organ is also known for landscape paintings, such as St Pancras Station, (Leicester New Walk Museum and Art Gallery), and lithographic studies of animals (Tate). London's National Portrait Gallery holds a total of sixteen of his portraits of which six were commissioned by the Gallery's Trustees.

Organ studied at Loughborough College of Art and the Royal Academy Schools (1952–59) before returning to teach at Loughborough College of Art (1959–66). In 1967 Organ left the college and to continue painting as a full-time career. His first solo exhibition was at Leicester City Art Gallery (1958) when still a student. He has been represented by The Redfern Gallery since 1967

Organ lives and works in Leicestershire and London. He is a godfather to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.

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