GREENWOOD, Ernest

1913 - 2009

Ernest Greenwood was born at Welling, Kent on 12 February 1913, the sixth of seven children. His father was a shipping engineer but died when Greenwood was still at school, leaving his mother to bring up a large family in conditions of considerable hardship. Educated at Gravesend Grammar School and in 1927 went to study at Gravesend School of Art from where, four years later, he won a scholarship to the Painting School of the Royal College of Art, where he was taught by Gilbert Spencer (1892-1979) and Sir William Rothenstein (1872-1945). After a year spent at the British School at Rome he returned in 1935 to the Royal College for a further year in the Etching School under Malcolm Osborne and Robert Austin. While at the RCA he met Eileen Messenger (born 26 May 1915), a student in the Design School and their first joint exhibition was held in her lodgings in Redcliffe Road, Chelsea and they married in 1939, they had one daughter. At the outbreak of World War II, Greenwood was conscripted into the Royal Artillery and after a few months was transferred to the Army Education Corps and at the war's end Ernest was working in the Rehabilitation School in Berlin. The horrors he saw around him also inspired a major work, 'Resurrection'; together with two other paintings of Berlin ruins the picture is now in the Ben Uri Gallery in London. On demobilisation in 1946, Greenwood was appointed art master to the Technical High School for Girls at Chislehurst in Kent and the rest of Greenwood's life was spent in education, both as a teacher and inspector. Greenwood was a strictly representational artist who worked in two fields, portrait and landscape. His landscapes were usually Kentish or of continental scenes inspired by his travels. President of the Hesketh Hubbard Art Society 1960-1965, President of the Guild of Kent Artists, and President of the Royal Watercolour Society 1976-1984. In 1970 he exhibited with Sir Hugh Casson in Canterbury and in 1989 at Tenterden with John Ward and Ken Howard. He held retrospectives at the New Metropole in Folkestone in 1972 and at Maidstone County Hall Gallery in 1997. A member of the Ipswich Art Club he exhibited from Brushings Farmhouse, Broad Street, Hollingbourne, Kent in 1979, three pictures 'The Desserted Track', 'The Escapment' and 'Hollow in the Downs' and was a regular exhibitor. He died at Sittingbourne, Kent on 17 May 2009.




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