Brüer Tidman takes part in FESTIVAL 2019

4 May, 2019
The Illusionist by Bruer Tidman
The Illusionist by Bruer Tidman
Brüer Tidman was born in Gorleston-On-Sea, Norfolk in 1939, and moved to Rackheath (close to fellow artist Colin Self). Brüer studied art at Great Yarmouth College of Art 1957-1961 and at the Royal College of Art (RCA) 1961-1964, of which he is an Associate Member.

“There is great courage in the handling of figures seen as silhouette shapes in a way that implies form. The colour results in an emotional presence within the formal structure of the work; the division of qualities in the way they are handled have a strategy that is intuitive, not expressionist. There is a conflict between sensual surfaces and aggressive, physical manipulation; distorted forms create unexpected, incongruous combinations.

Tidman's passion for painting has in part been ignited by the circus and the theatre. There is an underlying compassion for his people and a special connection with the maternal. Some figures have a dramatic sense of isolation. There are qualities of Modigliani, Klee, Picasso, Braque, Nolde, Chagall, Rouault and early Lautrec.” (extract from essay by Zacron)

About the author

Paul Vater, Director of Contemporary and Country

Paul Vater

Paul conducts studio visits to maintain strong relationships with artists, designers and craftspeople who show their work with us. He manages the main C&C website and has developed the online shop where selected works are presented for sale.


Paul established his design company, Sugarfree, in 1990 and quickly gained a reputation for delivering fresh, effective marketing campaigns and brand identities for clients including Save the Children Fund, United Nations Association and UNHCR. Over the years those added to the roster include IPC Magazines, Arts Council England, The Roundhouse, Barbican Centre, Arts Marketing Association, Look Ahead Housing and Care, Paddington Waterside, BBC Worldwide, Commonwealth Foundation, Prestel, City of London Corporation, Baker Street Quarter, Victoria BID and the University of East Anglia.