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1908 Born in Chelsham, Surrey

1923-27 Educated at Harrow, where he studied painting.

1927-32 Moved to London where he attended evening classes at Central School of Art while working for London County Council. Associated with London avant-garde and was introduced to the School of Paris

1932 Elected to London Artists' Association

1934 Elected member of London Group

1938 Became full-time painting teacher at Euston Road School

1942-47 Moved to Chiswick, then to Hammersmith where made a series

of riverside paintings

1943 Appointed teacher at Camberwell School of Art after Euston Road School


1947-51 Moved to Blackheath. His painting became influenced by Mondrian, Paul Klee and Ben Nicholson

1949 Left Camberwell to join faculty at Central School of Art

1951 Began developing relief painting techniques

1954 Left Central School and became Director of Painting at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Appointed Consulting Director of Urban Design for the South West Area, Peterlee New Town in County Durham

1961 Left Univeristy of Newcastle to concentrate on his own work. Began exhibiting with Marlborough Gallery in London

1965 Joined Gallery Lorenzelli, Milan

1966 Acquired house and studio in Malta

1971 Began experimenting with large scale prints on at the 2RC workshop in Rome

Selected One-Man Shows

1932 Association's Cooling Gallery in Bond Street

1939 Wildenstein Gallery, Bond Street

1947 November-December - Redfern Gallery

1955 Retrospective exhibition 1926-54 at Arts Council Gallery, Cambridge

1960 Represents Britain at XXX Venice Biennale. Exhibition tours to Paris, Brussels,

Amsterdam, Bochum, Belgrade, Oslo and Copenhagen

1962 Retrospective exhibition at Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover

1963-64 Tate Gallery, London

1965 Represents Britain at VIII Sao Paulo Biennal. Exhibition tours South America

Retrospective exhibition at Tate Gallery, London

1967 Marlborough Gerson Gallery, New York

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester University

1970 Exhibition at Malta Society of Arts, Valletta

1973 Marlborough Gallery, Zurich

Villiers Pty., Australia

1974 Galleria 2RC, Rome

Marlborough Galleria d'Arte, Rome

1975 Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, Malta

1976 Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

1978 Mus6e des Beaux Arts, Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland

Gentofte Radhus, Copenhagen

Graphics exhibition at Galleria 2RC, Rome and Milan

1980 Arts Council retrospective exhibition tours Britain

1981 Graphics exhibition at Amano Gallery, Osaka, Japan

1982 Graphics exhibition at Galleria 2RC, Rome and Milan

Galerie Corinthia, Klagenfurt, Austria

1982 Panova Gallery, Toronto

1986 Graphics exhibition at Galleria 2RC, Rome and Milan

1988-89 Retrospective exhibition at Yale Centre for British Art and Phillips Collection,


1988-89 Marlborough Gallery, New York & London

1990 Marlborough Gallery, Tokyo

Retrospective exhibition at Centre for International Contemporary Arts, New


1991 Retrospective exhibition at Serpentine Gallery, London

Marlborough Gallery, London

1992 & 1995 Marlborough Fine Art, London

1999 Marlborough Fine Art, London. Memorial Retrospective Exhibition

2004 Marlborough Fine Art, London. Constructions and Early Prints

Prizes and Awards

1959 Awarded C.B.E.

1963-66 Trustee of Tate Gallery

1964 Awarded Carnegie Prize for Painting at Pitsburgh International

1969 Honorary degree of Doctor of Letters awarded by University of Surrey

1972 Gold Medal at Frederikstad International Graphics Biennial, Norway

1982 Made Companion of Honour

1983 Elected Royal Academician

1985 Honorary doctorates from Royal College of Art, London, and University of Warwick


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