Walter Hoyle (1922-2000)

St Catharine’s College, Cambridge (1973)



72 x 56 cm

Signed and dated ’73 lower right, numbered 85 / 200 lower left, and signed below.

Hoyle trained at Beckenham School of Art and the Royal College of Art. At the RA, he was strongly influenced by Edward Bawden, one of Britain’s greatest linocut printers. Bawden had been commissioned by the 1951 Festival of Britain to produce a mural for the South Bank, and chose Hoyle, a promising student, as his assistant. Hoyle moved to Great Bardfield in Essex and became part of the Great Bardfield group of artists: diverse in style, they created figurative work in stark contrast to the abstract art of the St Ives artists at the other end of the country.

Hoyle taught at St Martin’s School of Art from 1951 – 1960, the Central School of Arts and Crafts from 1960 – 1964, and the Cambridge School of Art from 1964 – 1985, during which time he launched Cambridge Print Editions. His work is held in the collections of the Tate Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The British Museum, Kettle’s Yard, and the Fry Art Gallery.

Condition: very good.

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