Artist, notable for marine paintings and illustrations of Bristol, born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. He studied at the College of Art there, 1923, then with Joseph Else at Nottingham College of Art, 1925. Shipsides was a leading member of Bristol Savages, showing widely in west of England and had a series of solo exhibitions at Alexander Gallery in Bristol, where he lived. His work was popular locally, queues forming on private view nights, which often seemed like rugby scrums. Reproductions of his paintings were widely displayed in Bristol homes and offices. Among many commissions, paintings by him of seven HMS Bristols hang in the city’s Council House. In 1977, he was invited by the publisher John Sansom to contribute pen and ink illustrations to his Bristol Impressions; they later collaborated again in Frank Shipsides’ Bristol, 1984.

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

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