1939 - ?

Brer Tidman

Brer William Tidman, was born at Rackheath, Norwich, Norfolk in 1939, son of William James Tidman (20 October 1912-15 November 1952), a motor driver, and his wife Charlotte Louisa née Austrin, who married at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk in 1938. As a youngster, Brer was brought up in Greenborough Road, Rackheath, near Norwich alongside fellow artist Colin Self (born 1941). In 1949, the Tidman's moved to Gorleston-on-sea, Norfolk when he studied at Great Yarmouth College of Art 1957-1961 and at the Royal College of Art 1961-1964 of which he is an Associate Member. Brer began work as an art lecturer at Lowestoft School of Art but in 1984 began painting full-time, gaining a string of prizes including First Prize at the East Anglian Artists Open in 1986 and 'First Prize at Drawings for All' in 2000. A semi-abstract painter, he exhibited extensively with the Royal Academy and both in Switzerland and Finland and locally exhibited at Aldeburgh Gallery; Norwich Castle; Mandell's Gallery, Norwich and Chappel Galleries, Essex. Celebrating his mother's 94th birthday, they held a joint exhibition staged both at Norwich Theatre Royal and Yarmouth Central Library. He lives at Lowestoft in Suffolk and his works are held by the Imperial College of Science, London, The University of Essex, Norwich Castle Museum and the Rijkers art collection. His mother, Charlotte Wych (30 October 1916-2014) of Great Yarmouth, took up painting in her 80's after never having taken a formal lesson, most of her pictures are of flowers.

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