Leslie Porter (British, 1903-1977)
‘Still Life with Pears’
Oil on board
Signed and dated 1950
16 x 21cm
Leslie was born in 1903. He trained at art school (Camberwell I recall) and had an interesting and varied career in marketing and advertising, culminating at one of the UK’s largest advertising Agencies, LPE, (later Leo Burnett) where he was a board director and creative director until his retirement in the late ’60s. During that time and after his retirement he was a frequent traveller to France where he produced a raft of oil paintings, sketches and pastels observing local people and the lives they led. Also many paintings of buildings and the mostly urban environment both abroad and in this country. One of his early jobs was with London Transport where he produced posters and other publicity material, some of which is in the V&A – you can see a couple online with a bit of an online search. His work was displayed at several exhibitions in London and he was awarded prizes for his oil paintings in France.
After his retirement he moved to the coast at Folkestone where he continued to paint – subjects and buildings around the town, festivals, people and occasional visits across the Channel to France.
He was married but later divorced and lived with his partner Dorothy until his death in Folkestone in 1977.
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Condition: Excellent. In a hand-finished oak frame.