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Three Figures Standing at a Counter
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library

Three Figures Standing at a Counter 1947

Harold Wood (1918–2014)

Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library

Versatile and colourful artist, born in Preston, Lancashire, where he studied part-time at Harris Art School, 1935–9. He claimed to be “self-taught in painting”; however, in the five years to World War II he “learned much technical expertise” while working in the decorative art department at Leyland Paint & Varnish. After over six years’ wartime service in the Army, including a period in Germany, Wood worked as an illustrator in London. He learned etching for two terms at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, but otherwise “spent all my spare time in the National Gallery”. The early Italian masters, Oskar Kokoschka whom he met in 1954, and the writings of John Berger were key influences. For a time Wood was involved in town planning, architectural drawing and model-making, including work for Lancashire County Council, Peterlee New Town and George Wimpey.

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


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