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George Little

George Little

George Little 1927 - 2017

George Little was born in Danygraig, Swansea in 1927, attending Danygraig School, Swansea Grammar School and, after the blitz in Swansea, the High School for Boys in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

He went to Swansea School of Art for a year, did military service in the RAFVR, then returned to Swansea College of Art, as it had then become, and the Ruskin School of Drawing, University of Oxford, after which he taught in Schools and Colleges of Art and finally, the University College of Swansea.

He was also invited to teach in other educational establishments such as Barry Summer School and Cardiff and Carmarthen Institutes. His exhibitions include twenty-two shows, twenty-five joint shows, three and four man shows and, since 1951 over two hundred group exhibitions throughout Great Britain.

He has work in many private and public collections here and abroad and has received a number of awards and prizes including an Open Scholarship in his first year at Swansea School of Art, a Bursary for post-graduate study at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford and a number of prizes during those post-graduate studies, a prize in the Industrial Britain Open National Competition at the Chenil Gallery, London in 1955, the Purchase Prize in the Industrial Wales Arts Council exhibition in 1960, a Special Prize awarded by John Piper in the Mid Wales Open Art Exhibition in Aberystwyth in 1983, First Prize in the National Coal Industry Art Exhibition in Blackpool in 1989 and an Arts Council Travel Grant in 1999.

"Most of my life has been spent in and around industrial areas and from these I have found the stimulation for my paintings and drawings. The colour, texture and shape brought about by the decay of the copper, coal, steel and shipping industries, where they flourished and where they declined, became the source of my compositions. These areas have now been sanitized and built upon and the ugly beauty has been replaced by characterless features. My main source of ideas has largely disappeared and so I look for new subjects and another adventure in painting is beginning for me”.

George Little died in June 2017 aged 89. He was a much-loved artist and figure in the art world, and is missed by all that knew him. His enthusiasm and humour was inspirational.

He exhibited at our gallery’s opening Group Show in 1962 and continued to show with us for the next 55 years.