Painter, draughtsman and teacher, full name Edwin Francis Holloway, born in Upham, Hampshire, who left school at 15 and became a forestry worker for three years. At 18 he became a Bevin Boy in the Durham Coalfield, by which time he was drawing and painting. At 28 he attended classes at Durham University Extra-Mural Department, in 1958 won a bursary to study full-time at Sunderland College of Art, then gained an art teacher’s diploma, with distinction, at London University. Holloway became head of art at Jarrow Springfield Comprehensive School, then gave up teaching to paint full-time in 1981. Moved to Charlton Kings, Gloucestershire, where he became fascinated by early Celtic art and mythology, but is best known for his long series of drawings based on his mining career.

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

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