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© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Leicestershire County Council Artworks Collection

Crustacea 1962

John Drawbridge (1930–2005)

Leicestershire County Council Artworks Collection

Versatile and adventurous artist and teacher born in Wellington, New Zealand. From 1947 he studied at Wellington Technical College of Art, where Fred Ellis was head of school; at Wellington Teachers’ Training College, 1948–9; and in 1950 completed his third year of training at Dunedin Teachers’ Training College, teachers including Fred Shewell and William Reed. By then he had exhibited at Helen Hitchings Gallery, Wellington, and had produced watercolours for the National Film Unit production The Ascent of Mount Aspiring. After being art adviser to Wellington Education Board and lecturing at Wellington Teachers’ Training College, in 1957 Drawbridge won a National Art Gallery Travelling Scholarship to study in London, extended for a year, which enabled him to attend the Central School of Arts and Crafts, winning a Diploma of Distinction, and tour Europe.

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

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