Pelicans in Regent's Park - Fred Dubery, N.E.A.C., 1965
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Overall: 28cm (11in) x 49cm (19in)
Oil on board.
Fred Dubery, N.E.A.C. (1926-2011), Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy Schools, developed a career in the second half of the 20th century as one of England’s foremost figurative artists. Born in London and educated at Whitgift, he left school early during the Second World War and worked in an advertising agency, before serving as a map maker in the Royal Artilllery during the Allied advance through northern Europe. Funded with an ex-serviceman’s grant in 1948, he studied at Croydon Art School and in 1953 graduated from the Royal College Art. In 1956 he was elected a member of the New English Art Club and forty years later was made an honorary member. He subsidised his early career as a painter as an art college lecturer. He exhibited widely from 1950 at the Royal Academy and at commercial London galleries. While teaching at Walthamstow Art School he met his future, the fashion tutor Joanne Brogden who had trained under Christian Dior and would become a pioneering Professor of Fashion at the Royal College of Art. In 1964 he began teaching at the R.A. Schools and was later invited to bring a painter’s eye to the photography department at the R.C.A. where he was a senior lecturer in the until 1989. Dubery’s obituary in London Times obituary summed up his career as a painter in the following terms: ‘His work stands in the romantic Post-Impressionist tradition, yet is of a peculiarly English kind, worked closely from the thing seen, the landscape, still-life, the domestic interior - yet charged in his case with a powerfully atmospheric quality of light and colour, delicately modulated and always set in firmly yet discreetly constructed pictorial space.’