Patrick George

Born in Wilmslow, Cheshire, in 1923, George began painting at the age of 7, when he attended the Downs school in Herefordshire. The head of the art department, Maurice Feild, was a strong influence on him, as was William Coldstream, who visited the school to paint W.H. Auden’s portrait (Auden taught at the Downs for a number of years). From the Downs, George went to Bryanston School, in Dorset, where he became friends with fellow pupil Lucian Freud, with whom he founded an oil painting club. Bryanston was followed by a year on a bursary to Edinburgh College of Art, before service in the Navy until 1946, where he was both part of the Normandy landings, and was sent to the Far East.

Upon his demobilisation, George attended the Camberwell School of Art, where the teaching staff included Coldstream, Lawrence Gowing, Victor Pasmore and Kenneth Martin. He took up a part-time post at the Slade under Coldstream, who became principal in 1949. George was to remain there until 1988, at which time he was both Professor of Fine Art and Director of the School.

George’s first solo show was at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, in 1975, and five years later he was given a retrospective at the Serpentine. In 1984 he begun exhibiting with Browse & Darby. George died in 2016.


1923 Born in Manchester
1941-42 Studied at Edinburgh College of Art (Andrew Grant Scholar)
1942-46 RNVR
1961 Slade School of Fine Art (part time)
Member of art panel to implement Coldstream report – NCDAD
Member of Arts Council
Member of Eastern Arts
1976 Reader, UCL
1983 Professor, UCL
1985-88 Slade Professor – Director, Slade School
2016 Died, Suffolk

Selected One Man Exhibitions
1975 Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, Suffolk
1980 Arts Coucil Retrospective Exhibition, Serpentine Gallery, London, and touring
1984, 89, 94, 98, 2003, ’07, ’10, ’13, 2021 Browse & Darby, London

Selected Group Exhibitions
1981 Eight Figurative Painters, Mellon Center for British Art, Yale and LA Louver Galleries, Los Angeles
1983 The Hard-Won Image, Tate Gallery, London
1984 A Singular Vision, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
1994 Five Protagonists, Browse & Darby, London
2010 A Critic’s Choice-selected by Andrew Lambirth, Browse & Darby, London

Work in Public Collections
Arts Council
St Catherines Council, Cambridge
Gipsy Hill College
Government Art Collection
Goverment House, Singapore
Huddersfield, Municipal Gallery
Kings College, London
Norwich Castle Museum
University College, London
Government Art Collection
Imperial War Museum
National Portrait Gallery
Somerville College, Oxford
Stuart House, Cambridge
Tate Gallery, London
University College, London

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