Arte Laguna Prize 2015

Experiments in Movement: Part 1 - John Brennan, 2014, oil on canvas, 100 x 100 x 4 cm

I'm a finalist in the 2015 Arte Laguna Prize with 'Experiments in Movement: Part 1'.

Private view

21st March, the Italian Cultural Association MoCA - Arte Laguna Studio, Venice

Exhibition 22nd March - 5th April 2015

Competition website

 Arte Laguna 


Claudio Bertorelli, franck Gautherot, Chuz Martinet, Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, Domenico Quaranta, Philippe van Cauteren, Jonathan Watkins, Simone Frangi, Roberto Zancan

Enough room to paint a cat

Artist, John Brennan, watches an imaginary cat in his Oxford studio

Despite my new studio's limited size it's actually rather cosy and I've finally produced some decent new work in the past month.

I relocated to Oxford's Magdalen Road Studios at the end of November 2013. It's a friendly place and it's great meeting other artists but It has taken a while to settle in. I missed my light and airy garden studio at the old house for a long time.

I've had to get used to painting under fluorescent daylight tubes and working in a building full of people, albeit in a self contained lock-up space. I'm generally sociable, but when I'm painting I enjoy nothing more than hours of focused solitude.

Better get back to work.

Group exhibition: New Work From OX4 2014

Celebrant - John Brennan, 2013, oil on canvas, 45.5 x 60.5 x 2 cm

Private view

6PM Tuesday 18TH March, O3 Gallery, Oxford Castle, New Rd, Oxford, OX1 1AY

Gallery website

Following my recent studio relocation to the misty spires of Oxford, I'll be showing 3 works along with fellow Magdalen Rd Studios artists. Details below.

O3 Gallery presents an exhibition of new works by a diverse range of 16 artists from East Oxford’s Magdalen Road Studios. An ideal opportunity to discover new and emerging local artists.

The show features a multidisciplinary mix of painting, sculpture, ceramics, film and 2D design. Many of the works are for sale.

Les McMinn | John Brennan | Jonathan Moss | Tom de Freston | Sonia Boue | Anna Simpson | Wren Hughes | Sam Harriman | Marie Darkins | Annabel Ralphs | Helen Foster | Rose Wallace | Madi Acharya-Baskerville | Diane Jones-Parry | Luke Skiffington | Rob Mead 


The National Open Art Competition 2013

The Message - John Brennan, 2013, oil on canvas, 70 x 50 x 4 cm

'The Message' has been selected for my sixth open show of 2013, in The National Open Art Competition . This is the painting's third success, having previously been shortlisted in Neo Art Prize 2013 and selected for inclusion in Bare Hill Publishing's book, 'The State of Art'

Competition website

The National Open Art Competition

Exhibition venues

The Royal College of Art - Oct 25th to Nov 7th 2013

The Minerva Theatre, Chichester - Nov 14th - Nov 30th 2013


Brian Sewell: His artistic conservatism and his acerbic views of The Turner Prize and much Contemporary Art have made Brian both feared and revered.

Dr Barbara Rae CBE RA RE: Dr Barbara Rae trained at Edinburgh's College of Art moving to Glasgow to lecture at Charles Rennie Macintosh's illustrious School of Art until working full time as an acclaimed artist and printmaker.

Michael Hoppen: Michael Hoppen sits on the Tate Gallery Modern Photography committee; The Coesia/GD4 Art Committee in Bologna,Italy; The John Kobal Foundation Committee and the Advisory Committee for the Renaissance Photography Award.

David Middleton: From the board of our headline sponsor, TOWRY The Wealth Adviser, he joins the judging panel not as a member of the art world but as a judge representing the opinions of any art loving member of the public.

James Green: James is Assistant Director at Stephen Friedman Gallery and is a trustee of The Chichester Art Trust.

The State of Art - Representational & Abstract - Volume 1, 2013

The State of Art   - Representational & Abstract  - Volume 1, 2013

The State of Art - Representational & Abstract - Volume 1, 2013

The State of Art   - Representational & Abstract   - Volume 1, 2013 - John Brennan

The State of Art - Representational & Abstract - Volume 1, 2013 - John Brennan

Two of my paintings have been selected for publication in the first of a new series of books from Bare Hill Publishing. 

Book details

Bare Hill Publishing, The State of Art - Representational & Abstract - Volume 1, 2013, ISBN 978-1-909825-01-7

'The Message' and 'Untitled' (2012) are featured in the book, which showcases the work of contemporary 2D representational and abstract artists. The book is to be distributed to gallerists and curators and is part of a new series from Andy Laffan and the people behind Worcester Open, for which I was lucky enough to also be selected

The standard of work is high so it's great to be included. Thanks to Andy and the team. The book can be purchased from Blurb.

Check out Bare Hill Publishing's Facebook page for more details other books in the series. 



Ludlow Open 2013

Munich - John Brennan, 2013, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 x 4 cm

'Munich' has been selected for my fifth open exhibition of 2013, Ludlow Open

Ludlow Open is a contemporary art exhibition held in the centre of Ludlow for 17 summer days each year.  Open submissions are received from local, regional, national and international artists, selected by an expert panel of artists and arts professionals. 

Private view

Thursday 25th July and Friday 26th July, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Exhibition website


Christopher le Brun

Painter, Printmaker, sculptor and current President of The Royal Academy of Art.

David Cleaton-Roberts

Director, Alan Cristea Gallery, London

Nathaniel Pitt

Artist, Director, Division of Labour

Anne de Charmant

Director, Meadow Arts


Worcester Open 2013

Myth I: This is the Place - John Brennan, 2012, oil on canvas, 20 x 20 x 4 cm

Myth III: Protect and Survive - John Brennan, 2011, oil on canvas, 20 x 20 x 4 cm

Myth VII: Nostalgia - John Brennan, 2011, oil on canvas, 20 x 20 x 4 cm

Three paintings from my series 'My Mythology' have been selected for exhibition in Worcester Open 2013

Exhibition website


Juneau Projects


Anne De Charmant

Director at Meadow Arts 

Wendy Law

Director at Turning Point West Midlands

Nada Prlja


Gavin Wade

Artist, Curator and Director at Eastside Projects Birmingham





Presenting at Hornsey Library with Matt Roberts Arts

I'll be talking about my work at the 'Artist Presentation and Networking Event'. Thursday June 13th 2013.

The event is FREE and starts at 6.15pm.  Hornsey Library, Haringey Park, London, N8 9JA.

Other artists presenting

Alison Goodyear | Ana Vicente | Anna Maria Kardos | Cecilia Gatehouse | Claire Tindale | Connie Gallagher | David Cooper | Julie Caves | Laura Moreton-Griffiths | Paula Macarthur | Sally Kendall | Sam Hidge | Tina Reid | Tom Banks | Zoe Fudge


Organised by Matt Roberts Arts and John Jones



West Wharf No 4 - BIT Art Collective

Myth I: This is the Place - John Brennan, 2012, oil on canvas, 20 x 20 x 4 cm

'Myth I: This is the Place' from the series 'My Mythology' has been selected for exhibition in West Wharf No4, Cardiff. 

Exhibition website

Exhibition 'No.4'

This open call show represents an amalgamation and celebration of the various types of creative successes happening in Cardiff at the time, taking place at West Wharf Gallery (Behind Central Station, at the top of Jacob's Market) following its re-opening after a long closure. The event on the 15th June 2013 will be feature art, music, fashion and theatre; combining the creative outlets in a form of solidarity. 

This will feature artwork from: B I T Art Collective, current B I T Studios tenants and artists working in all manner of formats, frequencies and flavours as part of the Open Exhibition. 

Music from: Rhodri Brooks, Pique and Tom Winfield + more to be announced. Theatrical performances from Production company: cwmni. Fashion events to be announced.

Starts at 1pm running through until 1am with live music, performances and workshops throughout the day.


 B I T Art Collective


Neo Art Prize 2013

The Message - John Brennan, 2013, oil on canvas, 70 x 50 x 4 cm

'The Message' has been selected for exhibition in Neo Art Prize 2013. 

Prize website

Neo: Art Prize 2013


Laurie Peake is Programme Director for the Liverpool Biennial International Festival of Contemporary Art, the largest international contemporary art festival in the UK and one of its most innovative public art commissioning bodies.

Paul Stolper is Director of leading contemporary galleries Paul Stolper Gallery, London and Stolper + Friends in Oslo, he has worked directly with contemporary artists for over a decade. Paul opened his first permanent space, Gallery A22 in the late 90’s followed by the pop-up Cab Gallery. He collaborates with artists such as Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas and Gavin Turk as well as supporting emerging British and International artists.

Mike Chavez-Dawson is an artist curator based at Rogue Artists Studios, Manchester. His artwork fluctuates between art curation and performance art. Chavez-Dawson was the visual arts editor and FLUX SPACE curator for FLUX Magazine for over a decade.

Iain Andrews is a Manchester based painter who has exhibited nationally and internationally since graduating in 2000. After graduating from the University College of Wales (Aberystwyth) with a BA in Fine Art in 1996 and an MA in Painting in 1998, Andrews received a PG Dip in Art Psychotherapy from Sheffield University in 2000. He is represented by London-based gallery Man&Eve


Creekside Open 2013

Untitled - John Brennan, 2012, oil on canvas, 70 x 90 x 4 cm

'Untitled' (2012) has been selected by Ceri Hand for exhibition in Creekside Open 2013.

Exhibition website


Initially trained as an artist, Ceri Hand draws on twenty years in the art world, having previously acted as Director of Metal (Liverpool), Director of Exhibitions, FACT (Liverpool, where she was a contributing curator to Liverpool Biennial in 2004 and 2006), Deputy Director of Grizedale Arts, Cumbria and Director of Make, London. Exhibitions curated during the Liverpool period included artists Yang Fudong, Jill Magid, Vito Acconci, Chen Chieh-jen, Walid Raad/The Atlas Group, Christian Jankowski, Matthew Buckingham, and The Black Audio Film Collective. She established Liverpool’s first contemporary commercial art gallery - The Ceri Hand Gallery - in 2008.