BACK, Robert Trenaman

1922 - 2004

Robert Black

Born at Adelaide, South Australia on 4 October 1922, son of William Edward Back [q.v.] and his wife Dorothy Alice née Trenaman, who married at Kingston, Surrey in 1914. He attended Edinburgh College of Art in 1940 and 1946-1949, under tutors William Gillies, Leonard Rosoman and John Maxwell. His tuition was interrupted by the Second World War when he served in the merchant navy, and the sea turned into his hobby, being Norfolk Broads dinghy champion and an Olympic trialist. He married at Kensington, London in 1958, Denise E. Edmunds and they had two daughters, Clare and Alison. He left the sea after marrying and returned to teaching art at Seaford, Sussex, and built a studio in the attic of his cottage. He crewed in the Admiral's Cup and the Fastnet Race in 1965 and continued to sail into his sixties. A painter with a strong interest in marine subjects and a member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle 1946-1953 from Oulton Broad, Suffolk. He exhibited at Ornell Gallery, Royal Society of Marine Artists and the Royal Scottish Academy also at David Messum and Malcolm Henderson Galleries. From 1983 held a series of solo shows at The Atlantic Gallery, Washington, USA. Campbell College, Belfast, the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis and the New Orleans Academy hold examples of his work. He lived at Seaford for 46 years and was a much liked but eccentric figure in the town and died at his home St Martins, 51 Steyne Road, Seaford, East Sussex in 2004. He was only fifteen when he was awarded the President's Prize of the Royal Drawing Society by The Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, for 'Old Tramp Being Towed Past Tilbury'.





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