John Aldridge

John Aldridge, RA (1905-1983)

was a noted landscape painter in oil, draughtsman, designer and book illustrator, known especially for his paintings of the Essex landscape, including his own garden at Great Bardfield in Essex, and for his views of Majorca. He was born at Woolwich and educated at Uppingham School and Oxford. Took up art while studying at Oxford. He was a member of the 7 & 5 Society 1931–4, had a solo show at The Leicester Galleries 1933, and exhibited at the Venice Biennale 1934. He visited and painted in France, Spain, Italy and Germany. John Aldridge exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1948, was elected ARA 1954 and RA 1963. He joined the staff of the Slade School in 1949 and remained there until 1970. His work is represented in many public collections, including the Tate Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Government Art Collection, The Arts Council, National Portrait Gallery, the Contemporary Art Society, Ferens Art Gallery Hull, Aberdeen Art Gallery, and the Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden. A retrospective show was held at the New Grafton Gallery in London 1980. He lived for many years at Great Bardfield, Essex.

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