Born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire in 1926, Peter Brannan’s artistic career followed the path of his artist father – Edward Brannan – and older brother Noel Brannan. Peter studied at Grimsby School of Art and then the Leicester College of Art. He was elected RBA in 1960 (the year of his first exhibition in London) and was made President of Lincolnshire and South Humberside Artists.
Brannan had a great admiration for the work of the French Post-Impressionists and also the still-lifes of Chardin, stating: ‘when I look at a Chardin still-life I feel I never dare to paint again.’His work displays sensitive depictions of country life with a very personal reaction to landscape and places. The Lincolnshire landscape in particular was a rich source of inspiration to the artist and though he was a very private person, Brannan was drawn to scenes crowded with people involved in many different activities. Architectural sources were also a fuel to Brannan’s creative practice.
During his 30 years in Newark he produced a number of paintings of important buildings such as the Old Corn Exchange, Castlegate and Slaughterhouse Lane – all in his characteristically reduced and slightly sombre palette.When Brannan retired in 1981, his style became more colourful, particularly in still life images. He liked to paint ordinary things since ‘one can continually rearrange them’.
Brannan has had his work exhibited at the Royal Academy and the English Art Club.