John Copnall

John Copnall, LG (1928-2007)

was a painter mainly in oils of figurative works in the 1950s and early 1960s, thereafter he turned to abstraction. He was born at Slinfold in West Sussex, son of the sculptor Edward Bainbridge Copnall, and studied at the Architectural Association 1945-46. After National Service he studied with his father at Sir John Cass College, and then under Sir Henry Rushbury at the Royal Academy Schools until 1954.
Copnall travelled to Barcelona in1955 for a short visit and ended up living in Spain for the next 14 years, firstly in Formentera, the small island neighbouring Ibiza, and later in 1956 he settled in a hillside village west of Malaga. He worked initially as a figurative painter but by the time he returned to England in 1968 he was committed to abstraction. He taught for many years from 1973 at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London and was elected a member of The London Group in 1989. Copnall also exhibited with the Royal Academy, Wildenstein, and the Piccadilly Gallery, and his work is held by a number of public collections including The Arts Council and Aberdeen Art Gallery.

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