JOHN PADDY CARSTAIRS
Painter in oil, gouache and watercolour, writer and film-maker. Studied art at the Slade School Fine Art, exhibited at Leicester, RBA, RA and Paris Salon. Extensive one-man shows, including Redfern Gallery, Leger Galleries and Walker’s Galleries. His work is in the collections of Trinity College, Oxford, City Art Gallery, Manchester, and Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery, Fifeshire. Carstairs began his film career as a camera assistant and went on to direct 45 feature films. The first was Holiday’s End, 1937, and among his versatile output was a series with the comedian Norman Wisdom, starting with Trouble in Store, 1953. He wrote over 30 books. Lived at Kingston Hill, Surrey.