• Title: Harbour
  • Medium:
  • Dimensions: 31 x 59cm
  • sold
Description

Oil on canvas, signed with initials.

Archer was born in Walthamstow. After three years in the Royal College of Art he won the Prix de Rome in 1938. He was called up in 1940; after war service he turned to teaching, initially at Eastbourne and then at Kingston Polytechnic. It was during these years that Archer discovered the importance of light – “not just illuminating but imparting luminosity, radiance, and intensity of colour, making it a positive and integral part of a painting”.  He managed to balance abstraction with figurative painting, loving the “illusive” quality of the sea, its changing moods, subtle colours, its “unchanging timelessness”.  His work is in many collections including the Government Art Collection and the Herbert Gallery and Museum.

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