Artist and teacher, born in London, who graduated in fine art from Ravensbourne College of Art, 1976–80, obtaining his master’s at Royal College of Art, 1982–6. Won the Wiggins Teape Award, 1976; Milner Kite Award, 1982; Burston and Unilever Awards and Unilever Purchase Prize, all 1985. As well as a number of visiting lectureships, including Ravensbourne, Wimbledon and St Albans Schools of Art and Kent Institute of Art & Design, Finch taught at Richmond College, London, 1988–91, and from 1994 at Parsons School of Art, in Paris. Showed at Northern Young Contemporaries, Manchester, 1978; Peter de Francia and Artists Who Studied Under Him, Camden Arts Centre, 1987; Economist Building Gallery, 1993; Credo, 1994, at Purdy Hicks (he had been co-ordinator and curator for its predecessor, Pomeroy Purdy Gallery, 1989–92); and Towards An Abstraction, David Holmes Contemporary Art, Peterborough, 1995–6.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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