Liss Llewellyn Fine Art - 20th Century British Art

James Stroudley (1906-1985)   BIOGRAPHY

 SOLD
 
Studies for Olympic Games. Athlete descending a ladder, circa 1930
Mounted (ref: 160)
Chalk and pastel on buff coloured paper
Between 24 x 15 in. (61 x 38.2 cm.) and 25 x 19 in. (62.5 x 48 cm.)

 


Provenance: the artist's estate

In 1930 Stroudley became the first Abbey Scholar, which entitled him to a period of study at the British School in Rome. The fruits of his time in Rome was an arched-top painting measuring over 66 x 110 inches, depicting male athletes competing in a variety of sporting activities.

His compositions from his Rome period are among the last wholly successful decorative cycles produced by a Rome Scholar prior to World War II. His drawings from the period are technically brilliant and bear comparison with those of Eric Kennington. During the post-war era he moved increasingly towards abstraction.



James Stroudley (1906-1985)

Painter, printmaker and teacher, he was born and lived in London. He studied at Clapham School of Art, 1923-27, and at the Royal College of Art, 1927-30. Stroudley was the first Abbey Major Scholar, 1930-3, which afforded him three years' traveling in Italy. Thus his main influences were classic Italian painters, notably Giotto and Piero della Francesca, although from the late 1930s his work was increasingly influenced by Cubism. He became a visiting lecturer at the Royal Academy Schools. He showed at the RA, the RBA, of which he was made a member in 1934, and the RE. Arthur Tooth and Apollinaire Gallery gave him solo exhibitions and public collections in Bradford, Brighton, Coventry and Rochdale hold examples of his work.

His compositions from his Rome period are among the last wholly successful decorative cycles produced by a Rome Scholar prior to World War II. His drawings from the period are technically brilliant and bear comparison with those of Eric Kennington. During the post-war era he moved increasingly towards abstraction.

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