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Brian Pollard

Brian was born in Walsall in the West Midlands in 1946.

Originally qualifying as a pharmacist, Brian went on to study medicine at Birmingham University. He moved to Plymouth in 1977 with his wife Jane and two young sons, working as a family doctor and as a psychiatrist in the Crisis Intervention service. He retired from clinical practice in 2005.

Having always maintained a keen interest in art, Brian began painting soon after moving to Devon and quickly gained a reputation for his bright and colourful pictures. Exhibitions followed in Plymouth and later in London, two of which were favourably reviewed for the Mail on Sunday by the late art critic Dan Farson.

Brian and his work have featured in several television programmes both in the South West and on national networks.

He is a recipient of "The Pride of Plymouth Award" for his support of local charities and his voluntary work in schools, where he has run art workshops for over 30 years.

Brian continues to live and paint in the South West and is a member of ABNA - The Association of British Naive Artists

Brian is honoured to be a patron of St. Luke's Hospice, Plymouth, who commissioned him to paint the first elephant for Elmer's Big Parade, launched in July 2019.

Other commissions include: The National Trust, The Royal Navy, The RNLI, 29 Commando Regiment, BBC - for Paul Martin's Street Auction, Plymouth City Council, South Hams District Council, Plymouth Herald, Cattewater Harbour Commissioners.

Brian’s Christmas cards have been used by numerous Charities.

Brian Pollard in his Studio with Elmer the Elephant