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Patrick Procktor, RA – Kabuki (scene from Yoshinogawa), 1991

Size:45 x 61 cm (print size)

Medium:Limited Edition Screenprint

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Born in Dublin in 1936 and raised in London – Patrick Procktor was part of an influential group of British artists in the 1960s alongside David Hockney. He attended the Slade School of Fine Art in 1958 where he was found inspiration & influence through artists such as William Coldstream and Keith Vaughan – developing a dark, figurative painting style.

His lifestyle during the 60’s and 70’s was indulged with worlds of art, fashion, music, the aristocracy and royalty and he was a frequent presence at parties and gatherings. He spent much of his time travelling the world to paint – and it was after he left England to take up a temporary teaching residency at Iowa State University, that he met up with David Hockney in Colorado. Spending time with Hockney inspired Procktor to simplify his subjects. His works during this time were executed with thin acrylic washes, and this naturally led to his adoption of watercolour in 1967, a technique which would later establish him as one of the leading watercolourists of his generation from the 1970s onwards.

Procktor was elected a Royal Academician in 1996. His work is held in the Tate Gallery, MoMA (NY), National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy, Fitzwilliam Museum, Metropolitan Museum (NY), Imperial War Museum, Government Art Collection and Contemporary Art Society amongst many other institutions in the UK and abroad.