John Brunsdon (1933-2014). After Cheltenham Grammar School and with encouragement from his art master, Brunsdon enrolled at the Cheltenham School of Art in 1945, then under the direction of Stanley Dent, an etcher of some standing who had been taught at the Royal College of Art by Robert Austin. Although Dent undoubtedly provided inspiration, it was Julian Trevelyan at the Royal College of Art, who, more than anyone else, provided a vigorous arid fundamental influence. It was Trevelyan who had opened up colour etching and aquatint after the post-war years. Artists had, in the main, produced black and white etchings which were hand watercoloured if so desired. Trevelyan chose to ink his etched plates with separate colours. Each colour applied to the appropriate area with a small piece of muslin. The image was printed and the process repeated for the next print. This was the method used by Brunsdon.
John Brunsdon was interested in man's influence upon the landscape, the contrast between architecture and the countryside and the way in which man sculpted the surface for his own use. His characteristic style reflected his acute understanding of the etching process. Meticulous craftsmanship was his hallmark. He took pleasure in the robust textural and decorative qualities of the etched marks and the sweeping shapes of broad colour, which fuse into relaxing timeless images.
In 2007 Bohun Gallery commissioned John Brunsdon to produce a series of limited edition etchings of the local area.