Kitchen – probably an illustration for Elizabeth David; Ink on card; 52.0 cm x 18.0 cm + Sold

Kitchen – probably an illustration for Elizabeth David
Ink on card
52.0 cm x 18.0 cm

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John Minton

1917
Born in Cambridgeshire.
1935-38
Attended St John’s Wood School of Art where he was tutored by Kenneth Martin and Patrick Millard.
1938
Travelled for eight months in France, studied at Colarossi’s in Provence with Michael Ayrton and Michael Middleton. Returned home from Paris at the outbreak of WW2.
1941-43
Originally a conscientious objector, Minton served in the Pioneer Corps.
1942
Designed for John Gielgud’s ‘Macbeth’ (with Ayrton).
Leicester Galleries, London - exhibited with Ayrton.
1943
Discharged from the army on medical grounds.
1943-46
Taught at Camberwell School of Art and shared a studio in Bedford Gardens, Kensington with Robert Colquhoun and Robert Macbryde.
1945
Redfern Gallery, London - first solo exhibition.
1946
Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London - solo exhibition. Lived with Keith Vaughan and Graham Sutherland. Became associated with the English Neo-Romantic painters.
1946-52
Shared a studio with Keith Vaughan.
1946-48
Taught drawing and illustration at Central School of Art, London.
1947
Visited Corsica.
1948-51
Minton’s illustrations were used in cookery writer Elizabeth David’s iconic books and columns and in magazines of the period. Two large scale paintings were included in the Dome of Discovery at the Festival of Britain (1951) and he made further large works for the Royal College of Art and the Royal Academy, London.
1949-56
Taught painting at Royal College of Art, London.
1949
Member of the London Group.
1950s
Travelled in Morocco, Spain and Jamaica. In London Minton frequented The Colony Room, a club in Soho, with other bohemians - writers, poets, actors and fellow artists Francis Bacon, Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton, Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach.
1945-56
Exhibited regularly with Lefevre Gallery, London.
1957
Minton died, aged 39.
1958-59
Arts Council, London - touring Memorial Exhibition.
1974
Reading Museum and Art Gallery - Retrospective exhibition ‘John Minton, 1917 - 1957: paintings, drawings, illustrations and stage designs’.
1994
Royal College of Art - Retrospective exhibition, touring ‘John Minton: 1917 - 1957: a selective retrospective’ curated by Frances Spalding.
2017
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester - centenary exhibition.

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