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British writer and broadcaster, well known both as a left-wing art critic and as a novelist. He was born in London, where he studied at the Central School of Art and Chelsea School of Art, and began his career as a painter and teacher of drawing. From 1952 to 1961 he wrote regularly for The New Statesman, and this was the period of his greatest influence as a critic of contemporary art. His support for realist painters, notably *Bratby and the other members of the *Kitchen Sink School, was combined with political sympathies for the Communist Party.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)