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The Mirror
© Derrick Greaves, courtesy of James Hyman Gallery, London . Photo credit: The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art

The Mirror 1974–1975

Derrick Greaves (b.1927)

The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art

British painter and graphic artist, born in Sheffield. After an apprenticeship with a sign-writer, he studied at the *Royal College of Art, 1948–52. While living and working in Italy from 1952 to 1953 he was strongly influenced by the Italian *Social Realist Renato *Guttuso. In the 1950s he was a leading figure of the *Kitchen Sink School, depicting dour subjects including views of his home town (Sheffield, 1953, City Art Gallery, Sheffield). The member of the group he was closest to was Edward *Middleditch, in collaboration with whom he painted a mural, The Four Seasons (1957), for Nuffield College, Oxford. He was the most openly political of the group, visiting Russia in 1957 with John *Berger's ‘Looking at People’ exhibition, and was an early supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear disarmament.

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)

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