Anthony Benjamin (1931-2002)
English artist noted for his abstracts. He trained at the Regent Street Polytechnic followed by three months’ studying drawing in Paris with Fernand Léger. When he graduated in 1954, he was working in a social realist style and exhibited at the Beaux Arts gallery, the London home of the kitchen-sink artists. The following year Anthony Benjamin moved to St Ives and was persuaded to join the Newlyn Society of artists by Peter Lanyon where he held his first one man show in 1958. Influenced by fellow abstract artists on the St Ives scene, like Patrick Heron and Terry Frost he painted abstract landscapes, but became more influenced by American abstract expressionists. He spent a short period on a scholarship to study printmaking at SW Hayter’s legendary Atelier 17 in Paris. As he was gaining recognition he moved to North America in 1967 and for 5 years held several high level teaching positions at various universities. He returned in 1973 and continued painting and printmaking.