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Brother and Sister
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Derbyshire & Derby School Library Service

Brother and Sister c.1951

Alicia Boyle (1908–1997)

Derbyshire & Derby School Library Service

Painter, quill pen draughtsman, muralist, printmaker, theatre designer and teacher. A rather solitary figure, her work was influenced by Surrealism and the light, colour and landscapes of Greece, Ireland and Spain. She was born in Bangkok, Thailand, and spent her early years in Limavady, County Londonderry, then London, where she studied at Clapham School of Art for four years, which she regarded as a waste of time. Won a scholarship to Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting, under Ernest Jackson. As a student had first picture accepted at RA in 1932; in 1934 gained a commission for a mural of St James’s Park for the nurses’ home of Great Ormond Street Hospital. After staying in the School for Artists in Mykonos, Greece, in World War II taught in Northampton.

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


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