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The Decanonisation of Saint George of England
© Royal College of Art. Photo credit: Royal College of Art

The Decanonisation of Saint George of England 1979

Robert Macdonald (b.1935)

Royal College of Art

Painter, printmaker and writer, born in Spilsby, Lancashire. He trained first as a journalist in New Zealand, but returned to Britain in 1958 to study painting. As he was not eligible for a grant, went back to work as a journalist after a year at the Central School of Art in 1958; was at the Central again, 1971–2; then at Royal College of Art as a mature student, 1976–9, under Peter de Francia; finally returning to the Central, 1980–2, for more printmaking studies. Notable teachers at the Central were Mervyn Peake, Cecil Collins, Keith Vaughan and Merlyn Evans. Macdonald said that he “combined landscape painting with the exploration of personal fantasy, based on an interest in mythology and Jungian psychology.” He showed with RA, LG, New Contemporaries, RWS, Hull Print Biennale and elsewhere.

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


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