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Painter and teacher, born Robert James Philipson in Broughton-in-Furness, Lancashire. After attending Edinburgh College of Art, 1936–40, Philipson served in a Scottish regiment during World War II, then joined the staff of Edinburgh College of Art in 1947. Was appointed head of the school of drawing and painting in 1960, a post held until retirement in 1982. His work was deeply influenced by that of Oskar Kokoschka. It had great Expressionistic attack and vitality. He took up themes such as cock-fighting, kings and queens, cathedral interiors and zebras, which gave him opportunities for jewel-like painting. Was elected SSA in 1948; RSA in 1962, being president for 10 years from 1973; RSW in 1965; Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts in 1980; in 1981 he was elected RA.

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

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