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Maggie McEleny (b.1965), Paralympic Athlete
© the artist. Photo credit: National Galleries of Scotland

Maggie McEleny (b.1965), Paralympic Athlete 2002–2004

John Lessore (b.1939)

National Galleries of Scotland

Painter and teacher, born in London where he continued to live. He studied at Slade School of Fine Art, 1957–61, gaining an Abbey Minor Travelling Scholarship to Italy in the latter year. In 1965 he had a one-man show at Beaux Arts Gallery, run by his mother, the painter Helen Lessore. Other one-man shows included Ashgate Gallery in Farnham; New Art Centre; Nigel Greenwood Gallery, 1990, where Lessore’s brand of Expressionism concentrated on the subject of artist and model; Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, 1999; Ranger’s House, Blackheath, 2000; Berkeley Square Gallery, 2002; and Chappel Galleries, Chappel, 2004. This included a portrait of his mother and the intimate, family-oriented work for which he was noted. In 1965 he took a post teaching at Royal Academy Schools, from 1978 teaching at Norwich School of Art.

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

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