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Sleeping Venus
© estate of George Warner Allen. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Sleeping Venus 1967

George Warner Allen (1916–1988)

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Painter, notably in tempera, and teacher who was born in Paris. He was educated at Lancing College, then studied at Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting under Ernest Jackson, eventually returning there to teach. During World War II he was engaged in camouflage work for the Ministry of Home Security. His exhibitions included solo shows at Walker’s Galleries and Reading Museum and Art Gallery. That gallery, Tate Gallery and the public gallery in Nottingham hold his work. George Warner Allen was a disciple of the techniques of the Old Masters and regarded modern art as barbaric. In 1973 he was converted to the Roman Catholic faith, thereafter concentrating on religious subjects. Lived at Wallingford, Oxfordshire.

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


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