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JOHN MILNES-SMITH L.G. (born 1912 – 1998)

 

“Abstract Composition”

Oil painting on canvas over board. 21 ½” x 24 ¼” (546 x 615mm)

With signature on reverse and dated 1964                                                                                               IMAGE

 

 

John Milnes-Smith was a painter and collagist, notably of abstract work.  He was born in Middlesex.  From 1934-1938 he studied at the Architectural Association, specialising in historic buildings, qualifying in 1939.  From 1940 to 1944 war service took him to the Far East.  His painting in the late 1940s was representational, although he fast moved towards abstraction, in 1951 being represented in British Abstract Art at Gimpel Fils, the first of many group appearances in the 1950s.  In 1952 he became a Member of the London Group.  He took part in the Metavisual, Tachiste and Abstract Exhibition at the Redfern Gallery, London in 1957 and in 1959 he had his first solo show at new Vision Centre, four years later beginning a long association with Drian Galleries.  He also began working with collage in the 1960s. In 1988 he shared a show called Reflections of the Fifties at England & Co., and in 1990 was given a retrospective at Austin/Desmond Fine Art.  The National Gallery in Gdansk, Poland holds his work.  He lived in London.

 

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