Artist, designer and teacher, full name John Kenneth Green, who spent most of his childhood in Suffolk and who was a friend and pupil of the local landscape artist Harry Becker, who left Green some of his works. Green was educated at Christ’s Hospital and studied at Slade School of Fine Art, 1922–4, with a Slade Scholarship in 1923, teachers including Henry Tonks. Green’s early work was in the Tonks tradition, although latterly he painted abstracts. As a student he was commissioned to paint a portrait at Cambridge University, which led to others including composer Benjamin Britten, poet Cecil Day Lewis and actress Sybil Thorndike. Green travelled widely, capturing the atmosphere of places such as Cairo, Russia, the islands of the Aegean and the Dordogne.

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

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