CHASE, Michael

1915 - 2001

As Oliver Michael Chase, he was born Wandsworth, London on 1 August 1915, son of artist William Arthur Chase and his wife Lillian née Day, who married at Greenwich in 1902. He attended evening classes at Hornsey Central and Chelsea Schools of Art. His artistic career began after his service as an officer in the army during World War II, when he became a trainee in a firm interior decorators. This was followed by management of the Kensington Art Gallery 'Zwemmer Gallery' 1954-1965, and the Minories, Colchester 1966-1974 when he was able to have close contact with many leading artists of the day, John Piper (1903-1992), Michael Rothenstein (1908-1993), Edwards Bawden [q.v.], Julian Trevelyan (1910-1988), John Nash [q.v.], Winifred Nicholson (1893-1981) and many others, also giving famous Australian painter Arthur Boyd (1920-1999) his first London showing. Despite drawing and painting all his life, he only commenced day-to-day work as a painter in 1976 being captivated by the medium of water-colour. He worked under the name of Michael Chase and his varied subject matter ranges from landscape interpretation to abstraction and draws from visits to France, Italy, Greece and Egypt as well as England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. He took part in many mixed shows including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions and Colchester Art Society and won the Barcham Green Company award at open exhibition at Bankside Gallery in 1986. Solo exhibitions included a tour based on The Minories in 1981, Clare Hall, Cambridge in 1992, the John Russell Gallery, Ipswich 1994 and Chappel Galleries, Essex in 1996, who held a Chase family exhibition in 2000 including works by his third wife Val Maskell Chase. Art Group Ltd have published seven paintings as posters since 1989 and his works are featured in many public collections and Education Committees. He married three times, firstly at Kensington, London in 1946, Rowena M. Whitham, secondly at London City in 1966, Valerie G. Thornton and had one daughter, and thirdly at Sudbury, Suffolk in 1995, Daphne Valerie Wheeler and they lived at Lower Common Farmhouse, Chelsworth, Ipswich where and he died in November 2001.




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