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Artist, craftsman and teacher, born in South Africa. He trained four years as a signwriter, then worked as a layout artist and illustrator. In London in the 1950s he was an illustrator for a newspaper with his own weekly column as well as being cartoonist for a Norwegian sports paper. Returning to South Africa, Cleal established a design studio for 10 years, then returned to England in 1960 where he became a partner in Henrion Design Associates. In 1962 Cleal moved to Fishguard, Wales, farmed for eight years and then set up the craft complex Workshop Wales, also an art gallery. Clwyd Exhibition Services toured a show of Cleal’s work in 1985 called Leather, Wood and Stone. Later exhibitions included Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea, 2000.

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

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