Ceri Richards CBE (1903-1971)
Welsh-born artist who showed a talent for draughtsmanship at an early age and took a job as an electrician’s apprentice whilst studying in the evening at the Swansea College of Art. He went on to study at the Royal College of Art 1924-7 on a scholarship, later exhibiting with the Surrealist Group in 1936 and the London Group in 1937. He ran the painting department at the Cardiff School of art in the early 1940s and undertook various commissions including illustrating Dylan Thomas poetry which was to become one of his major focuses. Music was also an important theme in his works, dating back to his upbringing when he and his siblings learnt to play instruments and studied composers. From 1959 onwards, he made prints for the Curwen Press. One of the high points of his career was the 1962 Venice Biennale, where he was a prizewinner.