Bryan Organ

born 1935

Bryan Organ, ‘Four Birds’ 1977
Four Birds 1977
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In Tate Britain


Bryan Organ (born 31 August 1935 in Leicester) is an English painter.

He is mainly known for his work in portraiture, and has painted likenesses of many public figures. He is represented at the National Portrait Gallery, in London.

Among his best known portraits are those of Lady Diana Spencer, and Prince Charles which were commissioned and completed in 1981and 1980 respectively. Both are acrylic on canvas, on display at the National Portrait Gallery. Another iconic figure he has painted is Elton John, wearing a Marilyn Monroe shirt. Organ is godfather to Prince Harry.

He has also painted the official portraits of the last 3 Chancellors of the University of Oxford (Harold Macmillan, Roy Jenkins and Chris Patten).

One of his most recent and popular paintings was of Martin Johnson the England rugby manager and 2003 Rugby World Cup winning captain.

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