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(b London, 7 Dec. 1926). British painter, born of Russian-Jewish immigrant parents in the East End of London, an area that has provided the chief subject-matter of his paintings. His training included evening classes under David Bomberg, 1950–2, and his work has close affinities with that of another Bomberg student, Frank Auerbach—in choice of subject, emotional treatment of it, and use of extremely heavy impasto.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)