Painter, poet, performance artist, teacher and writer, born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, where he remained based. He was closely identified with the 1960s Liverpool Pop scene and sought to produce popularly understandable art, as with Kop football series from the 1970s. He studied under Lawrence Gowing and Roger de Grey at King’s College, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Durham University, 1951–5, graduating with a fine art degree. After graduating, for several years worked as a scene painter at Rhyl fairground, at the same teaching at a local secondary school, from 1961 teaching at Manchester and from 1964 Liverpoool Colleges of Art. First exhibited in 1958 at Liverpool Academy, becoming its president, 1972–81. Showed frequently at John Moores Liverpool Exhibition from 1961 and gained second prize in 1972 with Painting One.

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

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