Friday, 14 January 2011

The Barclay School

Family Group by Henry Moore, 1945-1949

At the end of the war, the local authority was keen to place artwork in its schools and, following negotiations with the Hertfordshire based sculptor and artist Henry Moore, a large bronze, ‘The Family Group’ was placed at the school’s main entrance.

The Barclay School
Walkern Road
Stevenage SG1 3RB

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Mural by William Kempster St Luke's CE Primary School, Cubit Town, Isle of Dogs, London.1952.

Kempster was a British artist (1914-96) who specialised in murals He also did one in the entrance of Heathrow airport when it first opened.

A painter, mural artist print-maker and illustrator, Kempster studied atthe Wimbledon School of Art under Gerald Cooper (1937-39), then at theRoyal College of Art (1939-42) where his teachers included Percy Jowett andErnest Tristram. Kempster's career included a great deal of exhibitionwork, and he undertook mural and poster commissions for, among others, theCentral Office of Information, Miner Comes to Town Exhibition, Health ofthe People Exhibition, Post Office Exhibition and the Festival of Britain1951, illustrating aspects of British life and work.
Thanks to Dominic Cullinan, SCABAL, for these images.