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In the Garden

Item Code: LD-82127-u
Medium
Charcoal
Signed
Unsigned
Height (cm)
51
Width (cm)
37.5
Unsigned charcoal drawing.

Duxbury would constantly be sketching scenes around him. Even when he was in hospital after hip replacements, he could be seen sketching the hustle and bustle of the ward in his sketchbook.

Finding inspiration from his working class childhood, miners, mill workers and tenement residents feature throughout his paintings and prints. This influence found him working alongside artists such as Derrick Greaves and Edward Middleditch in the Kitchen Sink School in the 1950s.
Leslie Duxbury PortraitLeslie Duxbury was born in Accrington in 1921, the younger son of a mill worker. He attended the local School of Arts and Crafts before enrolling at the Royal College of Art during the Second World War (in which he fought and was invalided). For most of his life, Duxbury taught part-time so that he could devote himself to his own work, teaching painting at various London Art Schools: The Borough, Hammersmith, Camberwell, and finally Kingston. One of the less well-known ‘Kitchen Sink’ artists, his paintings and sketches of the 1950s and onwards dealt with familiar working-class subjects: coal miners and workers unions, mothers with children or at work in the mills, and Welsh landscapes. In the 1960s he transferred his talents to printmaking, becoming head of the printmaking department at Kingston in 1967 and a senior lecturer in the 1970s, a post he held until his retirement in 1986. He died in October 2001, two weeks after his 80th birthday. His work is held in several national public collections.
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