LEVER, Joan

1925 - 1997

She worked latterly as Joan Lever Gibbings. Born at Willesdon, London on 14 June 1925, daughter of Eric Joseph Lever and his wife Glady Dinah née Jacobs, who married at Hampstead in 1924. Educated in London and in South Africa where she lived 1937-1949 being involved in hospital and social work. Joan obtained an art diploma from the Continental School of Art in Cape Town 1947-1949, under Maurice van Essche after which she returned to England where she studied at St Martin's School of Art 1949-1952, under Kenneth Martin, Peter de Francis, Frederick Gore and others. In the mid 1950's she worked for the Bolton Theatre Club and in 1957 married Finnbar Gibbings (born 1927), son of artist & writer Robert Gibbings (1889-1958), but they later divorced. An artist in oil, she exhibited at The Castle, Cape Town 1952; Imperial Institute 1953; the first Gainsborough's House show at Sudbury 1959; Tuesday Painting Group, Gunton's Coffee Shop, Colchester 1974 and Colchester Art Society from 1979, having her first solo show at Alpine Gallery in 1978. She lived in Suffolk and latterly at Ovington, Norfolk and died in the Braintree district, Essex in May 1997.