Composition

Bigge, John Selby

This very ambiguous painting is one of a series with the same title, though with different subjects.

Bigge (Sir John Amherst Selby-Bigge) was born in Oxford in 1892, and attended the Slade School of Art in 1914, until he entered military service. After the First World War, he worked as a chicken farmer, then as an estate agent.

He continued to paint in his spare time and in the 1930s he exhibited 4 paintings with the Unit One group of artists. He was also involved for a short time in Surrealism and exhibited at the London Surrealist Exhibition in 1936.

His work is said to have been influenced by that of Edward Wadsworth. Dated 1940, was acquired by the LACF in 1986, following the Surrealist Exhibition of that year at the Leeds City Art Gallery

Bigge

Oil on board

Other pieces in our collection

Rugg, Matt

1962, Relief in wood

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