Bryn Parry OBE
Bryn began to cartoon while serving in the Army and, after ten years in various parts of the world, he decided to resign and try his luck as a cartoonist and picture framer. In 1985, returning from teaching jungle warfare in Australia, he began his business in a damp cellar in Wiltshire. Together with his wife Emma, he developed his reputation as a cartoonist, author and gift product designer and his ‘doodles’ hang in many of the finest loos in the countryside. His best selling books include 101 Shooting Excuses, Mad Dogs and Englishmen and Sex in the Country.
In 2007 Bryn and Emma visited wounded soldiers in hospital and, profoundly moved, they founded the charity, Help for Heroes. For the next nine years, Bryn’s cartooning ‘took a sabbatical’ as he ran H4H. Finally, in 2016, he was able to step down as CEO and return to his drawing desk in a studio near his cottage.
In 2017 Bryn was given a sculpture course as a birthday present from his family and immediately loved this new medium. Initially he focused on portrait commissions , including some of soldiers with facial injuries (His piece ‘Looking forward’ is on exhibition at the National Army Museum) before sculpting several whimsical pieces he calls, ‘cartoons in bronze’ which have proved extremely popular.
His most recent piece, on display at the Cotswold Sculpture Park, is his Barn Owl and vole, inspired by a client who wanted an owl to haunt a glade in his beautiful Northumbrian garden.