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Colin William Moss, A.R.C.A (1914-2005)

 

Colin Moss - Self Portrait 1956Painter, draughtsman, camoufleur, printmaker and teacher, Colin Moss was born in Ipswich in 1914. He studied at the Plymouth Art School, 1930-1934. He won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, studying under Gilbert Spencer, Charles Mahoney and Percy Horton, 1934-1938. Among his contemporaries was Mervyn Levy, who became a life-long friend. In the same year, he completed mural paintings for the British pavilion at the New York World Fair.

During the war, he was a camouflage designer to the Ministry of Home Security, a position he was to hold until active war service took him to the Middle East, where he stayed until 1946. After he was demobbed, he was appointed Senior Lecturer at the Ipswich School of Art and held that position until his retirement in 1979.

In 1961, he studied under Kokoschka in Salzburg and, like his teacher, he was an expressionist, using strong rich colours and tones, and forceful brushstrokes. In 1976, Moss was a founder member of ‘Six in Suffolk Group’. He was elected chairman of Ipswich Art Club in 1980 and later became its president. He took part in many mixed shows, including ‘Britain in Watercolour’ at the RWS in 1953, solo exhibitions at Kensington Gallery in 1951, the Zwemmer Gallery in 1955 and many shows in East Anglia.

Source: Buckman: Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945

His works are in the collections of the British Museum, The Tate Gallery Archive, The Imperial War Museum, The Government Art Collection, Ipswich Borough Council Museums & Galleries, Leamington Spa Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham Art Gallery, and the Cheltenham & Gloucester Building Society.

Colin taught hundreds of students, including Maggi Hambling, during three decades at Ipswich School of Art. An exhibition of his work was held at Ipswich Town Hall Galleries in 2010 and it was opened by Maggi.

Click here to watch an audio slideshow as Maggi Hambling and others remember Colin.

Colin Moss Exhibition - Ipswich Town Hall

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Colin Moss stands favourably alongside the Kitchen Sink artists of the 1950s such as John Bratby, Derek Greaves and Jack Smith but, as a master draughtsman of the highest order, he avoided the prevalent trends of abstractionism to tread a lonelier, yet determined, path outside the mainstream. He portrayed the hard-hitting realities of urban and working class life in Ipswich and London from the 1930s to the present day yet the work was cosmopolitan. Its internationalist flavours of social realism and an expressionistic handling of paint and colour sang “out from the walls, like rich base baritones, drenching everything in a cascade of boisterous colour; palpitating reds – an almost unbelievably skilful range of the violet-mauve-purple vein-shattering blues – and vibrant falsetto greens.

Mervyn Levy

British artist, art teacher and writer on art, Art News & Review, 5/2/55

Colin Moss’s Work

 

Colin Moss: Life Observed by Chloe Bennett

“Whether we look at Colin’s most recent work or that produced some sixty years ago, it is impossible not to admire his consistent energy and application that never diminished until the last few years of his life. Colin Moss’s vision, revealing both the light and dark sides of everyday human existence, is gritty and compellingly honest.”

People

Sweeper

 

Man Sweeping
1958

 

Jarrow March

 

Hunger Marchers
1936

 

Smoking Man

 

Smoking Man
1980

 

Man with a Drill
1960
Colchester & Ipswich Museums Service

World War II

selfportrait

 

Foot Soldier
1980

 

Playing Soldiers

 

Playing Soldiers
1979
Colchester & Ipswich Museums Service

 

Guardroom

 

Guardroom
1946
Colchester & Ipswich Museums Service

Moonlight over the Third Reich

 

Moonlight over the Third Reich
1982
Ben Uri Gallery & Museum

Camoufleur

 

 

Camouflaged Factory Buildings 1941 Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum

 

Camouflaged Factory Buildings
1941
Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum

 

 

Water Camouflage 1943 Imperial War Museum

 

Water Camouflage
1943
Imperial War Museum

 

 

A Camouflage Scheme in Progress 1943 Imperial War Museum

 

A Camouflage Scheme in Progress
1943
Imperial War Museum

The Big Tower, Camouflaged 1943 Imperial War Museum

 

The Big Tower, Camouflaged
1943
Imperial War Museum

Flowers

Cape Gooseberries

 

Cape Gooseberries
1982

 

Gardeners World 1985

 

Gardeners’ World
1985

Red Flowers 1987

 

Red Flowers
1987

 

A still life of Flowers on a Chequered Tablecloth 1983 Private collection: Samantha & Ugur Vata

A still life of Flowers on a Chequered Tablecloth
1983
Private collection: Samantha & Uğur Vata

Religious

 

The Last Supper 1981

 

The Last Supper
1981

The Nativity 1948 Private collection: Samantha & Ugur Vata

 

The Nativity
1948
Private collection: Samantha & Uğur Vata

The Entombment 1985

 

The Entombment
1985

 

Christ's Body

 

Christ’s Body

Landscapes

Houses seen from a Picket Fence 1941 Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum

 

Houses seen from a Picket Fence
1941
Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum

Ipswich from the New Cut 1950 Colchester & Ipswich Museums Service

 

Ipswich from the New Cut
1950
Colchester & Ipswich Museums Service

moss-deep-water-comp

 

Danger Deep Water
1941
Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum

Cabbage Fields with Townscape Beyond 1941 Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum

 

Cabbage Fields with Townscape Beyond
1941
Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum

Life Drawing

Pastel Nude

 

Pastel Nude

 

Study for Bathers 1980

 

Study for Bathers
1980

Nude Back

 

Nude Back

 

Nude on a Drape 1942

 

Nude on a Drape
1942

Still Life

Fish on a Plate
Fish for Dinner
1954
Private collection Samantha and Uğur Vata

 

Still Life, Plaice & Onions 1954

 

Still Life, Plaice & Onions
1954

 

Fruit on a Spanish Plate 1954

 

Fruit on a Spanish Plate
1954

 

Dustbin 1960 Colchester & Ipswich Museums Service

 

Dustbin
1960
Colchester & Ipswich Museums Service