20 to 27 – Between the Maples

Discovery Trail 20-27 (Arts Centre Atrium, display of 8 paintings)

A portrait of the campus, by Alan Bennett

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Alan Bennett

Brunel University London has a diverse collection of artworks including over 80 paintings, which are displayed throughout this campus in academic and administrative buildings. Artworks have been acquired for the University since its earliest days and contemporary works have been added to the collection annually. The goal of the artworks collection has been to enhance the university environment and to benefit students, staff and visitors.

Of particular significance is our collection of 25 paintings by artist and curator Alan Bennett, who has depicted the unique architecture and landscape of the campus from the seventies to the present day. Alan worked at Brunel University London for over 35 years and was University Curator for the latter part of his time here. Many of his donated works and special commissions portray university buildings and their surroundings.

Alan painted the group of paintings on display here in the mid-1980s, during a period as Artist in Residence at the University. He was fascinated by the combination of the modern buildings, the figures that moved between them, and the trees that characterised the open spaces. Many of his works portray unusual casts of light and turbulent weather conditions.

Alan created new paintings for both the 20th and 40th anniversaries of Brunel University London’s Royal Charter, so it is particularly fitting that this display of his work plays a role in celebrating our 50th anniversary. The full collection of Alan’s work owned by the university can be viewed on line at www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings
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