Artist biography

Bernard MENINSKY 1891–1950

Painter of figures and landscape in oils, watercolour and gouache. Born 25 July 1891 in Karotopin, the Ukraine, of Jewish parents; brought to England six weeks later and lived in Liverpool. Entered the Liverpool School of Art 1906, winning various scholarships and the King's Medal; worked in Paris 1911; studied at the Slade School 1912–13. Worked for Gordon Craig in Florence 1913. Taught life drawing at the Central School 1914. Exhibited with the N.E.A.C. from 1914, member 1923; and with the London Group from 1916, member 1919. Official War Artist 1914–18. First one-man exhibition at the Goupil Gallery 1919. Taught at Westminster School of Art from 1920. Worked in the south of France 1922 and 1937 and in Spain 1936. Taught at the City of Oxford Art School 1940–5. Died 12 February 1950 in London. Arts Council memorial exhibition 1951–2; retrospective exhibition at the Adams Gallery 1958.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II