GENTLEMAN, David William

1930 - ?

Born at Brentford, London on 11 March 1930, son of artists Thomas Gentleman (13 May 1892-1966) and his wife Eugenie Winifred née Murgatroyd (10 October 1899-1966), who had met as painting students at the Glasgow School of Art and married at Kensington in 1928 who, in 1939, were living at Fair Isle Road, Hertford. David grew up in Hertford, attending Hertford Grammar School and St Albans School of Art 1947-1948. After national service as an education sergeant in the Royal Army Education Corps, he continued his studies at the Royal College of Art under Edward Bawden (1903-1989) and John Nash [q.v.]. He remained there as a junior tutor for two years before becoming a freelance artist-designer. Working in various media, watercolour, lithography, wood engraving and at scales ranging from the platform-length murals for Charing Cross underground station in London, to postage stamps and logos and his themes have varied widely, from paintings of landscape and environmental posters for the National Trust to drawings of street life in London and protest placards against the Iraq war. He has lived and worked in 25 Gloucester Crescent, Camden Town since 1971, and also in Suffolk where he was taught wood-engraving by typographer John Lewis who was also design director of Cowell’s of Ipswich, who were excellent colour printer at the time. This led to a lot of other work for advertisers and publishers however, this settled existence has periodically been punctuated by spells of travelling which have almost invariably been connected with work, with longer periods in France, Italy, Spain and India, shorter spells in South Carolina, Africa, Samoa, Nauru and Brazil. The author of, and has illustrated, many books about his travels. His work is represented in Tate Britain, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum. He married at Hertford in 1953, Rosalind A. Dease, a fellow-student at the RCA, and they had one daughter, and secondly at St Pancras, London in 1968, Susan G. Evans, daughter of the Suffolk writer George Ewart Evans and was the father of two further daughters and a son.




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