BRUCE CONNELL came to painting relatively late in life. His first love was sculpture and he graduated in three-dimensional design from Reigate School of Arts and Crafts in the 1960s; his earliest design commission, a church font, is still in use today at Christ the King Church in Salfords, Surrey.
A year spent as a portrait artist in a Spanish harbour-side market inspired him to explore his talents as a painter and guaranteed that his work now hangs in homes all over the world. He exhibited in Australia, Spain and in France. Over the last decade of his life his work hung in galleries and one-man exhibitions in London and all across the south of England.
In later years he enjoyed playing with a popular comic-book style, but he always took the greatest satisfaction from life-drawing believing that accurately capturing the human form in a variety of poses was the toughest challenge and a vital workout for the talents of even the most experienced artist