Painter and teacher, born in Hythe, Kent. Originally he was an engineer, studying at Oxford Technical College, 1953–8. Then studied at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, 1960–4, with postgraduate studies, 1967. Taught at Camberwell, 1969–88, paralleled by teaching at Camden Arts Centre. Light was a predominant consideration in Mann’s pictures, in which forms and places were suggested rather than exactly delineated. From 1979 began to have trouble with sight, being later left with only peripheral vision in one eye. He had a one-man show at Salisbury Festival of Arts in 1973. Other noteworthy landmarks in his exhibiting career were a second prize in the 2nd International Drawing Biennale in 1975; a second prize in the Spirit of London show on the South Bank in 1983, with a first prize in 1985; the Daler-Rowney Prize at RA Summer Exhibition in 1988; and solo exhibitions at Cadogan Contemporary from 1991.

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

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