Bryan Ingham played an important role in British art. Having moved from London to Cornwall in the 1960s, he was inspired in particular by the works of Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, and the manner in which they interpreted the landscape. His own, very unique style of work responded similarly to the ancient worn surfaces and undulating hillsides of Cornwall.
Bryan Ingham was born in Lancashire in 1936. Following three years of National Service in the RAF, from 1954 to 1957, he went to St Martin's School of Art in London, and later the Royal College of Art, from 1961 to 1964, where he was voted Royal Scholar in 1962.