John Minton 1917-1957

Painter of figures, townscapes and landscapes in oils and watercolours; book illustrator, graphic artist and theatrical designer. He attended St John’s Wood School of Art under P.F. Millard and Kenneth Martin from 1935-8, and then travelled and worked in France with Michael Ayrton and Michael Middleton, studying at Colarossi’s and visiting Provence. In 1941 he collaborated with Ayrton on design for Gielgud’s Macbeth ; from 1943 to 1946 he shared a studio with Colquhoun and Macbryde and from 1946 to 1952 with Keith Vaughan. In 1947 he visited Corsica and during the 1950s travelled in the West Indies, Morocco and Spain. He held his first solo exhibition in 1945 and thereafter regularly exhibited in London galleries, the RA, RBA and the London Group, becoming a member in 1949 and RBA in 1950. He exhibited in New York from 1948 and his work is represented in many public collections including the Tate Gallery. From 1947 he produced numerous book illustrations, e.g. Time was Away , 1948, also posters, advertisements, murals and textile designs. He taught illustration at Camberwell School of Art from 1946-8, and painting at the Royal College of Art from 1948-56. he took his own life in 1957. A lyrical artist, he was most successful in smaller works. His paintings reflect the influence of his contemporaries (including Craxton and Sutherland), the English romanticism of Palmer and aspects of French painting, particularly Picasso, Chirico and Tchelichew. His earlier work was stylised and linear but in the 1950s the scale of his work increased and he employed a wide range of subject matter.

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