For ten years now Bear’s paintings, drawings and larger installations have been exhibited widely in the South East
It is experiences of people and places near and far that inspires Jeremy Bear’s work. In the vibrant paintings of urban life in India he says he strives to bring the viewer on a journey similar to his own so they, too, can see the colours and feel the atmosphere. Through detail he aims to tell a story in one image and create something which resonates with the viewer’s own experiences and imagination. Long visits and journeys in India, Japan and most recently through Mongolia are celebrated in these paintings.
Another key and continuing strand in his work is portraits of crafts people in action. Some are people from his native Sussex. Others are creative makers encountered while traveling in Europe and beyond. Bear observes these subjects as they work to find a particular movement and expression that reveals them most completely. The focus is as much on the tools and materials, and artefacts being made, as on the crafts people themselves.
Bear has a long-standing passion for boats and sailing and marine subjects have always been a part of his art. He has painted working boats around the shores of Europe and elsewhere. Nearer to home, over the last 20 years, he has been drawing the fast disappearing traditional, wooden fishing boats that come ashore on the shingle beech at Hastings.
For ten years now Bear’s paintings, drawings and larger installations have been exhibited widely in the South East in solo, group and curated exhibitions and also shown in the selected, annual open exhibitions of the Royal Society of British Artists at the Mall Galleries and the Society of Graphic Fine Art in London. His work is in many private collections in the UK and further afield, some hanging in public locations. Formal art training was at Brighton College of Art and he has an MA from the Sir John Cass, London Metropolitan University.