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Christopher Sturgess-Lief

Born, 1937 in Berlin. Died, 2011

Chris Sturgess-Lief was a self-taught painter who created poetic pictures using a private symbolism. Born in Berlin but schooled at Sherbourne, Dorset, he moved to London and began showing on the Hyde Park railings in the early 1960s. He was spotted by Victor Musgrave of Gallery One, who recruited him to the gallery stable of artists and gave Sturgess-Lief solo shows from 1962 onwards.

Sturgess-Lief also showed at Rye Art gallery in 1969 and took part in mixed exhibitions at New Vision Centre, Leicester Galleries, Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol and elsewhere. His Red Painting was included in the Belgrave Gallery’s 1992 show British abstract art of the 1950s and 60s, and in 1997 Julian Hartnoll put on a small solo exhibition. Regarded by some as one of the best of the British 1960s experimental artists, Sturgess-Lief’s work bears comparison with his contemporaries Martin Bradley and Alan Davie.

From www.redravenarts.com/viewartist.asp?id=219&name=Christopher++STURGESS-LIEF+ accessed 7 September 2013

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