Artist biography

John ALDRIDGE b. 1905

Painter, mainly of landscapes, occasional designer of textiles and wall-papers, and book-illustrator. Born 26 July 1905 at Woolwich. Began painting while studying at Oxford; took his B.A. 1928; then lived in London and visited Paris, Germany, Italy and Spain. Member of the 7 & 5 Society 1931–4. Settled at Great Bardfield, Essex, and had first one-man exhibition at the Leicester Galleries 1933. Associated with Edward Bawden in designing wall-papers 1938. Served in the Army 1941–5, the last three years as interpreter of aerial photography. Joined the staff of the Slade School 1949. Illustrated Laura Riding's The Life of the Dead 1933, and C. Henry Warren's Adam was a Ploughman 1948. A.R.A. 1954, R.A. 1963.

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