Liss Llewellyn Fine Art - 20th Century British Art

John Bolam (1922-2009)   BIOGRAPHY

Hill Dwellers, 1958
Framed (ref: 5764)
Inscribed with title on reverse
Oil on board
13 x 22 1/2 in. (33 x 57.2 cm)
In a flat section gilded oak frame


Provenance: acquired directly from the Artist, 1990's; private collection.

Bolam's Neo-Romantic studies are richly evocative of the landscape of the post-war years. He was especially inspired by the landscape of the Chilterns, where he lived until the mid 1950s, and thereafter the Cambridgeshire/Essex borders.  In spite of his close stylistic affinity to Piper Bolam maintained  that he his visual own language had evolved independently of any influence.

John Bolam (1922-2009)

Painter, designer and teacher, born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. The landscape of the Chilterns, English Romantic painters and poets, and modern French artists such as Braque and Degas all influenced Bolam's work. He studied furniture design at High Wycombe School of Art, and went on to become Principal of the School of Art at Cambridge, 1970-83. Showed at AIA Gallery, Leicester Galleries; New Art Centre, (one-man show). Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden holds his work. In spite of obvious similarities between his work and that of the Neo-Romantics, (most notably Piper and Sutherland), the origin and evolution of Bolam's imagery was independent from theirs.

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