Roland Vivian Pitchforth 1895-1982

Artist biography

Vivian PITCHFORTH b. 1895

Landscape painter in oils and, since 1945 exclusively, watercolour. Born 23 April 1895 at Wakefield. Studied at Wakefield 1912–14, Leeds 1914–15 and 1919–20 (served in the Artillery 1915–19), and the R.C.A. 1920–5, also visiting Paris. Member of the London Artists' Association 1928–32 and the London Group from 1929. First one-man exhibition at the London Artists' Association 1928. Exhibited at the R.A. from 1941, A.R.A. 1942, R.A. 1953. Retrospective exhibition at Wakefield 1943. Official War Artist 1940–5. Visited Ceylon and Burma 1945 and worked in South Africa 1945–8, exhibiting at Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. Has taught at Camberwell since 1926, the St Martin's School of Art since 1930 and the Chelsea Polytechnic since 1948; also taught at Clapham 1926–39 and the R.C.A. 1937–9.

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