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Artist who studied at Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, 1979–82, then at Royal Academy Schools, 1983–6. He went on to exhibit widely in Oxford and London. In 1983 he was included in Focus on Drawing at Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. He was also represented in the Agnew show The Long Perspective, in 1987, and in the gallery’s The Broad Horizon, 1990, where Piddock’s Ham House Fantasy – one of a series based on the building – showed well the artist’s ability to make a pleasing, colourful pattern from landscape. Piddock saw his work as a reaction against “bucket and slosh abstract and installation art” when he was at college. For his first major solo show in London, at The Gallery in Cork Street, 1996, where he exhibited oils on gesso, he “spent hours examining the surfaces of Old Masters”.

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

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