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Still Life
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery

Still Life 1974

William Brooker (1918–1983)

Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery

Painter in oil, especially of interiors and still life. Born in Croydon, Surrey, Brooker studied at Croydon School of Art 1936–9, Chelsea School of Art 1947–9 and Goldsmiths’ College School of Art 1948–9. From 1949–53 he taught at Bath Academy of Art, living for a time with Brian Wynter, then Terry Frost. Howard Hodgkin, a pupil, called him “a great teacher”. In 1953 Brooker became head of painting at Willesden School of Art, 1958, senior lecturer in painting at Harrow School of Art and was at Ealing School of Art from 1960. In 1965 became senior lecturer at the Central School, then was principal of Wimbledon School of Art 1969–81. Exhibited from early 1950s with LG, also with Arthur Tooth and Son and Agnew. A retrospective was held at Newcastle Polytechnic in 1987, toured to Agnew.

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

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