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After an early retirement Bren developed an interest in painting which resulted in a degree in fine art and art history. In her paintings, working from intuition rather than pre- meditation, and through a process of creation and destruction, the paint and mark making often dictate what appears.
Bren employs a variety of media acrylic, oil, wax, plaster, textiles and collage to explore texture and surface. Scratched, scarred, and often destroyed and re -worked she returns to the work many times until she is satisfied with the finish.
Bren has shown widely in the U.K. and has exhibited with The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Ruth Borchard Portrait Prize and in 2015 was shortlisted for the R.A. Summer Exhibition.
She has work in The Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st. Century Painting and in 2016 was selected for the Contemporary Portrait Award at The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle.
She works from her studio in Ravenscar, near Scarborough, where she has been selected for North Yorkshire Open Studios since 2011.
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CURRENT AND FUTURE EXHIBITIONS 2017
UNTITLED LUND GALLERY, EASINGWOLD
WISH YOU WERE HERE THE GALLERY AT WOODEND
CURATING SPACE PANNETT ART GALLERY, WHITBY
100 ARTISTS -- 11 COUNTRIES KUNSTHUIS GALLERY, KRAYKE
SUMMER SHOW NUMBER FOUR GALLERY, St ABBS, EYEMOUTH
NORTH YORKSHIRE OPEN STUDIOS RAVENSCAR STUDIO, SCARBOROUGH
SPRING INTO SUMMER SILSON CONTEMPORARY HARROGATE
PORTRAITS WITH BREN HEAD HELMSLEY ARTS CENTRE, HELMSLEY
EAST COAST 'OPEN' SCARBOROUGH ART GALLERY
AN ARTISTS ALPHABET PALACE ARTS, REDCAR
FERENS OPEN FERENS ART GALLERY, HULL
SPRING SHOW SILSON CONTEMPORARY, HARROGATE
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2016
TO PLEASE A FEW CUPOLA CONTEMPORARY ART, SHEFFIELD
EDINBURGH ART FAIR WITHSTAITHES STUDIOS GALLERY
AUTUMN EXHIBITION ZILLAH BELL GALLERY, THIRSK
SUMMER OPEN - MOORS AND COAST THE GALLERY AT WOODEND, SCARBOROUGH
THE BEAUTIFUL IS ALWAYS BIZARRE CUPOLA CONTEMPORARY ART, SHEFFIELD
PLATFORM OPEN MORPHETS, HARROGATE
SIGNS OF LIFE ARTEMIS HOUSE GALLERY, YORK
SASH, CARDBOARD BOXES ARE NOT FOR SLEEPING IN CASTLE MUSEUM, YORK
OPEN CONTEMPORARY PORTRAIT AWARD THE BISCUIT FACTORY, NEWCASTLE
A HISTORY IN LAYERS STAITHES STUDIOS GALLERY
HEADS STUDIO ELEVEN GALLERY, HULL
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