Stepping into Bryan Illsley’s studio one encounters every aspect of his multifaceted practice. Stacks of framed canvases, drawers filled with works on paper, rugged ceramic sculpture, jewellery making tools, and walls adorned with cascading drips of paint tell the story of his extraordinarily accomplished and diverse career. All of Ilslley’s creations, including his home-made brushes, carry the signs of his physical involvement and spontaneous touch. His lively, dramatic style and remarkable execution lend a vigorous fervour and uniquely expressive quality to his work that is atmospherically reflected in his studio environment.
Available work by Bryan Illsley can be viewed on his artist profile here.
The diverse practice of Bryan Illsley includes; painting, sculpture, book manufacture, design, print and jewellery making. Before studying at Kingston School of Art, he served an apprenticeship with a monumental stonemason. He was based in St Ives from the early 1960s until his return to London in1986. In St Ives, alongside his own studio practice, he worked for the Leach Pottery before forming a partnership with Breon O’Casey making jewellery.
Public collections that hold examples of his work include the Arts Council, Crafts Council, Contemporary Arts Society, Victoria & Albert Museum, Kettles Yard, Cambridge and the Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.