Artist biography

Gustave Singier born 1909

School of Paris abstract painter in oils and watercolour, lithographer, etcher and designer. Born at Warneton in Belgium. Has lived in Paris since 1919 and is a naturalised Frenchman. Began to paint at the age of 14. Studied for three years at the Ecole Boulle; painted much from nature and executed copies of Old Masters. Worked until 1936 as a designer-decorator (installations of shops and apartments), while continuing to paint. In 1936 met Charles Walch who introduced him to pure painting. Began in that year to exhibit regularly in the Salons and commercial galleries. Was one of the founders of the Salon de Mai 1945. Exhibited with Le Moal and Manessier in 1944 and 1946; first one-man exhibition at the Galerie Billiet Caputo, Paris, 1949. Taught painting at the Académie Ranson 1951-4. Has designed tapestries and stained glass, as well as sets and costumes for the theatre, including Marivaux's L'Heureux Stratagème and Sophocles' Antigone, both in 1960 for the Theatre National Populaire. Lives in Paris.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.687