Sculptor and lecturer, born in Calcutta, India, where he attended the Lawrence Royal Military School, Simla. The family moved to Britain in 1946, initially settled in Arbroath, where Jim and his older brother David began apprenticeships as toolmakers, then in London. His father refused to fund art studies, so from 1946–9 Mathieson attended Westminster College of Commerce; completed his National Service with the Gordon Highlanders, serving in intelligence in Germany; in 1952 joining the North British and Mercantile Insurance Company. He decided to become a psychotherapist, obtaining O- and A-levels, but his political activities undermined this aim. He was a member of the anti-nuclear Committee of 100 and Communist Party, being arrested and imprisoned.

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

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