Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Edward Seago Artist
This week my art classes are working with Edward Seago.

Edward Seago
Edward Brian (Ted) Seago 1910 –1974 an English artist who painted in oils and water colour.
The  son of a coal merchant Seago was  born in Norwich, he was a self-taught artist, (although he received advice from Sir Alfred Munnings and Bernard Priestman),
At fourteen, he won an award from the Royal Drawing Society, he then knew what career he wanted to pursue, his parents' initially disapproved.
At the age of eighteen, Seago joined Bevin's Travelling Show and subsequently toured with circuses in Britain and throughout Europe.
Seago had a wide range of admirers including the British Royal family, the Aga Khan as well the general public.
Heart problems were diagnosed when he was seven; this affected him throughout his life. He resorted to dishonesty to join the army at the outbreak of the Second World War. He was commissioned as a Major in the Royal Engineers, he advised on camouflage techniques for Field Marshal Auchinleck, with whom he had a lifelong friendship.
His works are classified as Post-Impressionist and include landscapes, seascapes, skyscapes, street scenes, flowers and portraits.
He liked to paint English landscapes, particularly Norfolk, but also painted scenes from abroad
He was a member of the Royal Society of British Artists from 1946, and of the Royal Watercolours Society from 1959.
He exhibited in London, Glasgow, New York, Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, Oslo and Brussels.
His work was very popular and individuals who wished to buy one of his paintings had to queue at his various annual exhibitions around the world.
"The Queen Mother bought so many paintings that  Seago, gave her two a year – one on her birthday and one at Christmas.
Prince Philip invited Seago on a tour of the Antarctic in 1956, and the subsequent paintings, considered to be among his finest, hang at Balmoral.”
Seago died of a brain tumour in London on 19th January 1974. In his will he requested that one third of his paintings from his estate were to be destroyed. There remain about 19,000 water colors and 300 oil paintings remaining worldwide.

1 comment:

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