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Frank Archer RWS RE (1912-1995)

Frank Joseph Archer, RWS RE (1912-1995)

As both a painter and printmaker, Frank Archer combined his talent as a draughtsman with a sensitive understanding of light. His early work was highly structured, being rooted in his experience of the British School at Rome. Later, his handling became looser and his approach more personal, as he absorbed the inspiration of historic stained glass and mosaics in order to produce vividly-coloured visual parallels to music.

Frank Archer was born in Walthamstow, Essex, on 30 June 1912, the second of three children of the dispensing chemist, Joseph Archer, and his wife, Alberta (née Blackledge), the daughter of a warehouseman. From the time of the First World War, the family lived in Eastbourne, Sussex, and Frank was educated at Eastbourne Grammar School.

Showing a talent for art from an early age, Archer received the encouragement of his parents, and his father made him some of his first paints. While studying at Eastbourne School of Art (1928-32), he painted landscapes and buildings in watercolours, and figure subjects in oil.

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