John S CURRIE

John S CURRIE
1884
1914
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The artist was born in Newcastle under Lyne, Staffordshire, the son of an Irish builder and railway contractor, who was also described as a stonemason. Encouraged by the novelist Arnold Bennett, he studied at Newcastle and Hanley School of Art where he won a National Scholarship and British Institution Scholarship.

He worked as a ceramic artist, painting figure subjects on porcelain in Boullemeir style. He became the Master of Life Painting at Bristol, married in 1907, and moved to London. He is said to have had some success but gave up the post, and in 1910 studied at the Slade, becoming a friend of Mark GERTLER and Norman GARSTIN.

In 1911 he left his wife and moved to Newlyn in 1912, from which he exhibited at the NEAC, becoming a member in 1914. Meantime he set up home with Laura KNIGHT's model, Dolly Henry (painted by her in a picture later bought by Lord Leverhulme, entitled Mallows). An account of the unhappy relationship ending in the murder of Dolly Henry by his hand, and his subsequent suicide, is elliptically summarised by Laura Knight in Oil Paint & Grease Paint. A romanticised account of the event appears in Gilbert Cannon's novel Mendel (1916).

media

Figure and portrait painter; ceramics artist

 

works and access

Access to work: Tate; Stoke on Trent

exhibitions

NEAC

memberships

 

misc further info

 

references

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall

Knight (1936) Oil Paint and Grease Paint

Tate Gallery Notes (illus)

TFG Jones research: WCAA file

Image Library for Artists Discussed in The New Age at http://modjourn.org/bio_browse.php