1931 - 2003

Joanna Carrington

Joanna Carrington was born at Bloomsbury, North London on 6 November 1931, daughter of Noel Lewis Carrington (24 December 1894-11 April 1989), who created and designed the Puffin imprint for Allen Lane at Penguin Books, and his wife Catherine Whalley née Alexander (14 December 1904-4 December 2004) who married at Hampstead in 1925. Joanna was educated at Monkton Wyld School and studied at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing under Cedric Morris, with Fernand Léger in Paris and at Central School of Arts and Crafts and was awarded the Queen's scholarship while at the St Martin's School Of Art and had exhibited as one of six young contemporaries at the Institute of Contemporary Arts by the time she was 20. Joanna married at Hampstead in 1952 designer Michael G B Pilcher (1929-) and after spending time in Nigeria the couple split up when Joanna went on to teach at Hornsey College of Art, Regent Street Polytechnic School of Art and at Byam Shaw School of Art and took a studio in Notting Hill, London and returned to exhibiting holding her first one-woman show at the Establishment Club's gallery in Soho in 1962. She married again in 1966, the painter, writer, and film-maker Christopher Mason and among her many solo shows was one at New Grafton Gallery in 1982 and where in 1991 she shared one with her husband Christopher Mason, later shows including Thackeray Gallery. From about 1979 they lived in France in Brittany, Normandy, the quiet medieval town of St Savin-sur-Gartempe, and latterly at an isolated old mill outside Poitiers. Her book 'Landscape Painting for Beginners' was published in 1979 and, using the pseudonym Reginald Pepper, went on to produce many delightful and beautifully composed pastoral pictures. Joanna Mason died on 13 November 2003.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 43 Blenheim Crescent, West London
1959 699 Churianna, Spain
as Reginal Pepper from 63 Seabright Road, Barnet, Herts
1975 463 Our Cats

Works by This Artist