GREEN, John Alfred

1932 - 2017

John Alfred Green

John Alfred Green was born at Washbrook, Suffolk in 1932, son of Alfred John Green (21 December 1909-31 May 1943), a master mason with the Ipswich stonemason's Saunders of Ipswich, and his wife Phyllis May née Finch (17 May 1909-1998), who married at Washbrook in 1932 and in 1939 were living at 7 London Road, Capel St Mary near Ipswich, after the death of his father his mother remarried John Ratford. John was educated St Joseph's College, Ipswich and served a five-year apprenticeship with a stonemason before studying for his design diploma in sculpture at Ipswich School of Art 1951-1954, gaining a first-class diploma and a silver medal. He then studied at the Royal College of Art 1954-1957, gaining a first-class diploma for stone carving and a silver medal for letter cutting. He assisted Jacob Epstein 1955-1959, and his first large commission was in 1957 from a Catholic church for a 15-foot stone figure of Christ. He taught part-time at Ipswich School of Art 1957-1971, when living at The Old School House, Burstall, near Ipswich, and taught at Ipswich again 1984-1988. Senior tutor at Orton Trust from 1969 also director of monument conservation at Croydon College of Art & Design 1979-1980. His large sculpture commissions include for churches at Bushey, Poole, Welwyn Garden City, Kuching Cathedral, Sarawak, Ipswich Civic Centre, and Witham Shopping Centre. He had solo exhibitions at the John Whibley Gallery in London in 1971 also exhibiting at Chappel Galleries, Essex. John Alfred Green died on 29 June 2017.

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