Brüer Tidman was born in Gorleston-On-Sea, Norfolk in 1939, and moved to Rackheath (close to fellow artist Colin Self). Brüer studied art at Great Yarmouth College of Art 1957-1961 and at the Royal College of Art (RCA) 1961-1964, of which he is an Associate Member.
“There is great courage in the handling of figures seen as silhouette shapes in a way that implies form. The colour results in an emotional presence within the formal structure of the work; the division of qualities in the way they are handled have a strategy that is intuitive, not expressionist. There is a conflict between sensual surfaces and aggressive, physical manipulation; distorted forms create unexpected, incongruous combinations.
Tidman's passion for painting has in part been ignited by the circus and the theatre. There is an underlying compassion for his people and a special connection with the maternal. Some figures have a dramatic sense of isolation. There are qualities of Modigliani, Klee, Picasso, Braque, Nolde, Chagall, Rouault and early Lautrec.” (extract from essay by Zacron)
Bruer Tidman (above) with sculptural pieces by Bridget Heriz
Bruer Tidman alongside stool by Par Avion and drawing by Christopher Marvell