John Craxton 1922-2009
Born in St. John's Wood, London to Harold Craxton, pianist and musicologist and Essie Faulkner, violinist and daughter of C. W. Faulkner, the art publisher.
Attended various private schools, including Betteshanger, Kent, where Miss Barling, friend of Frances Hodgkins supervised the teaching of painting.
Prevented from entering Chelsea School of Art as he was considered too young to see nudes.
Went to Paris where he drew from life at la Grande Chaumiere; some painting; visited the Louvre and other galleries.
Attended the Westminster Art School and the Central School of Art
Rejected for military service. Met Peter Waston, who became a good friend and important patron. Studied at Goldsmith's College until 1942.
Shared a studio with Lucian Freud in London.
Made trips to Pembrokeshire with Graham Sutherland.
Worked on 'The Poet's Eye' illustrations. Moved into first independent studio in London.
Travelled to the Scilly Islands with Lucian Freud.
Travelled to Paris, Switzerland, Zurich, Bern, Athens, Poros, Cyclades and Dodecanese islands, Paris, Marseilles, Piraeus, Poros, where he continued to work for the joint
exhibition with Freud at the London gallery in 1947.
Visted Paris, Athens, Poros, and Crete, for the first time.
Visited Istanbul, Athens and travelled all over Spain.
Visited Paris, Rome, Naples, Poros and Crete.
Designed sets and costumes for a performance of 'Daphnis and Chloe' by Ravel in London with choreography by Frederick Ashton starring Margot Fonteyn and Michael
Somes. He studied life drawing for two months at Academie Julian, Paris.
Travelled in Italy, where he visited Pompeii, Herculaneumand Paestum.
Visited museums in Holland, traveled to Greece, via Istanbul. Worked on Poros during winter.
Travelled to Poros and Hydra.
Studied mosaics in Salonika. Visited south of France for the first time.
Travelled in Britanny, and went to Hydra.
Rented house at Xania, which he used as a permanent working base apart from London.
Travelled in Russia.
Travelled to Istanbul and Xania.
Spent considerable time in Toledo, studying El Greco.
Went to Athens to assist in the first presentation of 'Daphnis and Chloe' for the Athens Festival. London. Completed designs for Apollo ballet, Covent Garden.
Included in exhibition at the Bloomsbury Gallery of paintings by a group of Betteshanger
Students, which was opened by Tonks.
First main London one-man show at Leicester Galleries.
St. Georges Gallery.
British Council, Athens.
Included in Group Show at the Lefevre Gallery.
Galerie Gasser, Zurich.
Crane Gallery: Manchester.