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Richard Platt (1918 - 2017)


Category: Art

Subcategory: Paintings & Drawings

Untitled. Oil on canvas. Signed 'Platt' bottom right. Unframed.

England, circa 1960s

Provenance: Home of the artist

Richard Platt was a young painter and lithographer in the mid 1950s when British art trod at the edges of abstraction and when barriers between high and low culture were being broken. His father, J G Platt from Lancashire, was a printer who gained a place at the Royal College of Art in 1920 when Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth were fellow students. He became an etcher, woodcutter and engraver and was the principal of Hornsey School of Art until 1965.

Following national service Richard Platt also attended the Royal College of Art from 1950 to 1953, along with an eclectic batch of students under the new progressive head Robin Darwin, great-grandson of Charles. Richard Platt's work, like that of Smith, Greaves and Tilson, developed from the late 40's through to the early 60's from social realism towards abstraction.

Text courtesy of Diane Ibbotson, (Platt's 2nd wife) Falmouth, June 2017.

  • Dimensions: H 76cm x W 61cm
    H 30" x W 24¼"
  • Reference Number: 3430