MOSS, Colin William

1914 - 2005

Colin Moss

Born at Ipswich on 30 April 1914, son of William Alfred Moss and his wife Gertrude Mabel née Turner, his father, who was a beer retailer at 26 Cemetery Road, Ipswich, was killed at Passchendaele in 1917, when Moss and his elder sister were then raised by maternal relatives in Devonport, near Plymouth, where his mother ran a hairdressing salon. He studied at Plymouth College of Art 1930-1934 then at the Royal College of Art 1934-1938 under artists such as William Rothenstein (1872-1945), Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) and Barnett Freedman (1901-1958). In 1939 an artist living at 39 Redcliffe Road, Kensington, London and during the Second World War was engaged in camouflage for the Ministry of Home Security but in 1941 drafted into the Life Guards serving as a captain in the Middle East and after the war continued in the Army Education Corps in Palestine. Always drawing, he made numerous sketches of military life which, more than 30 years later, were to inspire some of his most powerful paintings. After demobilisation he taught at Ipswich School of Art from 1947 until 1979. Moss co-founded the 'New Ipswich Art Group' in 1958 and 'Six in Suffolk Group' in 1976. Elected a member of Ipswich Art Club in 1948 but resigned in 1953 owing to the reactionary presidency of Anna Airy [q.v.] but re-joined and in 1961, the Ipswich club sponsored Moss to study under Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) in Salzburg where he was required to produce lightning watercolours of nudes and rewarded with sweets when pleasing the master. For three years from 1980 he served as chairman of Ipswich Art Club exhibiting from 41 Graham Road, Ipswich in 1977 'Petunia' and another painting the following year and in 1980 exhibited four paintings 'Peasant', 'Farm Worker', 'Two Seated Men' and 'Refugees' and in 1997 as a Life Member exhibited from 10 Westwood Avenue, Ipswich 'Pembroke I'. His first solo show was at Michael Chase's Kensington Gallery in 1951 and he exhibited regularly in London and East Anglia including many mixed shows, starting with Britain in Watercolour at the Royal Watercolour Society Gallery in 1953, he was picked out for praise at Chase's Zwemmer Gallery, he also had a solo show at Zwemmer Gallery 1955. His pen & wash 'Askaris at Camp' was exhibited at the centenary exhibition of Ipswich Art Club in 1974. He married at Warwick in 1940, Christine J. Hunt but this ended in divorce and secondly at Ipswich in 1974 Patricia E. Sore and they lived at 10 Westood Avenue, Ipswich and died at Ipswich in 2005.




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