British painter and sculptor, born in Altrincham, Cheshire. He read law at Christ's College, Cambridge, 1954–7, then briefly studied at the Central School of Art and Design, London, but he was mainly self-taught as an artist. Originally he worked as a sculptor (he was a friend of Phillip *King, a fellow student at Cambridge) and he won a prize for sculpture at the 1962 *‘Young Contemporaries’ exhibition. From 1963, however, he concentrated on painting and taught the subject part-time at Chelsea School of Art. In his short career he gained a reputation as one of the leading British exponents of *Hard-Edge abstraction; often he worked on *shaped canvases. He was killed in a motorcycle accident. Norbert Lynton said of his work: ‘Clarity does not mean coldness: it means the pursuit of an idea with passion.

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)

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