(b Chelsham, Surrey, 3 Dec. 1908; d Gudja, Malta, 23 Jan. 1998). British painter, printmaker, and maker of constructions who is unusual in having achieved eminence as both a figurative and an abstract artist. After early experiments with abstraction he reverted to naturalistic painting, and in 1937 he combined with William Coldstream and Claude Rogers in forming the Euston Road School. Characteristic of his work at this time and in the early 1940s are some splendid female nudes and lyrically sensitive Thames-side landscapes that have been likened to those of Whistler (Chiswick Reach, 1943, NG, Ottawa). In the late 1940s he underwent a dramatic conversion to pure abstract art, and by the early 1950s he had developed a personal style of geometrical abstraction.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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