Robert Tavener RE (1920-2004)
Born in London in 1920 Robert Tavener trained in lithography at Hornsey College of Art after army service in World War 2. He was head of printmaking at Eastbourne College of Art and Design from 1953, later to become vice-principal until he retired in 1980. He lived in the same house in Eastbourne for 50 years, at the foot of the South Downs, which was to provide him with a continuous source of inspiration for his works. A senior fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers, his work is in over 25 public collections. He produced many linocuts, woodcuts and lithographs during his lifetime, but was very critical of his work and destroyed many prints.