Flowering Cactus

MODERN BRITISH (20th Century ) Biography

Flowering Cactus (England, c.1925)

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Oil on panel
Signed Allinson


45.00cm high
37.50cm wide
(17.72 inches high)
(14.76 inches wide)
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London, The Redfern Gallery, 20th November 1930, number 32


Peyton Skipwith 'Adrian Allinson: A Restless Talent' Connoisseur 1978, August, pages 264-273

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Adrian Paul Allinson was a painter and a sculptor. After initially studying medicine, he went to the Slade where he came into contact with artists such as Stanley Spencer, Christopher Nevinson and David Sassoon, who were all to be so influential on British art of the period. In 1910 he went to Munich, where one of his paintings was shown in the Secession. In the summer of 1914 he joined Walter Sickert in Dieppe and in the same year had become a member of The London Group. Later he was to travel to both Switzerland and the Mediterranean. His mature works show the influence that the colours of the Mediterranean landscape had on him. In the majority of his works it is possible to discern his pursuit of pattern and the decorative elements of his subject matter, which are infused with deep, rich, vibrant colours. Back in London he worked as a set designer for Thomas Beecham, he drew caricatures for the Daily Mail, and was an art master at Westminster Technical Institute.

He exhibited at the Brook Street Art Gallery, the Cooling & Son Gallery, the Fine Art Society, the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Art, the Goupil Gallery, the International Society, the Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, the Leinster Gallery, the London Salon, the Manchester City Art Gallery, the New English Art Club, the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Redfern Gallery, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Royal Scottish Academy.