DODDS, Andrew Wilson

1927 - 2004

Andrew Wilson Dodds, was born at Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland on 5 May 1927, youngest son of the eight children of Archibald George Dodds, dairyman, and his wife Margaret née Webber, who married at Lambeth in 1902. When Andrew was 18 months old, his father took a farm in Essex and on his death in 1942, aged 53, his mother took over the running of their farm. Andrew studied at Colchester School of Arts & Craft 1942-1945 and then completed his National Service in the Navy, suffering severe sea-sickness, ending up on a shore base in Malta. He then studied at the Central School of Art in London 1947-1950, where he was taught by Roderic Barrett [q.v.], who became a lifelong friend, and the taciturn William Patrick Roberts (1895-1980). In 1951, the 'Radio Times' needed an artist to draw characters for their new serial 'The Archers', and they made a shrewd choice, as in Andrew Dodds as he had been brought up on a farm and had illustrated for 'Farmers Weekly'. Dodds created faces that would become inseparable from Dan and Doris Archer and their family. In 1957, the London editor of the 'Eastern Daily Press' asked Dodds to produce three drawings a week for his daily column and Dodds did this job for some 27 years, making over 4,500 drawings, 530 of which appeared in his 1994 book 'London Then'. Part-time lecturer at St Martin's School of Art 1952-1975 and was then principal lecturer in the art and design department at Ipswich School of Art at Suffolk College, Ipswich 1975-1989. Elected a member of the Society of Industrial Artists in 1951 and a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers in 1983. He married at Colchester in 1954, Rachel F. Foster and had two sons, including artist James Dodds [q.v.] with whom he collaborated on books, and two daughters, the marriage was dissolved in 1972. A watercolourist and illustrator, illustrating over 25 books including 'East Anglian Drawn' (1987) and 'East Anglian Sketchbook' (1999). He held solo exhibitions at Studio Club in 1961, Minories, Colchester from 1970, Mermaid Theatre 1975, Digby Gallery, Colcheter 1991 and at Chappel Galleries in Essex 1999. He lived at The Round House, Lower Raydon, near Ipswich, Suffolk where he died on 27 December 2004.

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