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Frank Bramley was born in 1857 in Sibsey, Lincolnshire, England. In 1873, Frank started his art education at Lincoln School of Art. He also studied in Antwerp under Charles Verlat from 1879 till 1882. The same year, he went to Vanice, where he was working on his creative career until 1884 and joined the burgeoning artists' colony in Newlyn thereafter.
Majority of his co-artists painted en plein-air, yet Frank Bramley found his interest in interior settings. His painting "A Hopeless Dawn: brought him recognition after being exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1888. He became a celebrity of the Newlyn School. This painting was acquired by the Chantry Bequest for the nation (Tate Gallery, London).
Frank Bramley developed a recognizable style of painting, working with a flat square brush technique, applying strokes in a jigsaw pattern. With time, he found brighter colors more appealing while working on portraits and rural genre paintings.
In 1895, he moved from Newlyn, and in 1900 settled down in Grasmere, Westmorland (the Lake District).
Between 1884 and 1912, Frank Bramley regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy. In 1894, he was made an ARA and later on RA in 1911.
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