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Quarry, Two Spires – Yellow
© the artist. Photo credit: Douglas Atfield

Quarry, Two Spires – Yellow 2012

David Ainley (b.1943)

The Priseman Seabrook Collections

Artist in a range of media and teacher, born in Derby, who settled in Matlock, Derbyshire. He studied at Derby and District College of Art, 1959–63, under Keith Richardson-Jones, then at Manchester College of Art and Design, 1963–4. From 1964 held a number of teaching posts, from 1983–93 being senior lecturer, art and art education, at Derbyshire College of Higher Education/University of Derby, then becoming a freelance artist, lecturer, writer and consultant in art education full-time. In 1995 Ainley said that his work had been concerned “with equivalents of processes of growth and change reflected in the 1960s in biomorphic images and in the 1970s in systems paintings related to the ‘life game’ of the mathematician John Horton Conway.

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


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