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Peter de Francia

Born, 1921 in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France. Died, 2012

Peter de Franica was Professor of Painting at the Royal College of Art between 1972 and 1986, during which time, Denzil Forrester undertook an MA in Painting. Some seven years after Forrester graduated from the Royal College, de Francia wrote a short text, “Denzil Forrester: An appreciation” for the catalogue accompanying a major exhibition of the paintings executed by Denzil Forrester, between 1980 and 1990. The exhibition was organised by the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, where it was shown 22 September - 3 November 1990, before touring to Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, 14 February - 14 April 1991 and Usher Gallery, Lincoln, 29 June - 28 July 1991.

de Francia’s text included “His paintings were, in a sense. a homage to creative survival. His pictures of the interior of clubs and dance halls, of figures in lonely streets, in one case that of a solitary West Indian escorted by two policement, were in no sense topographical nor linked to a kind of familiar reportage.”

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Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1990