YHAP, Laetitia Karoline

1941 - ?

Laetitia Yhap

Laetitia Karoline Yhap, was born at St Albans, Hertfordshire on 1 May 1941, daughter of Dr Leslie Neville Yhap (1915-1987), a medical practitioner, and his wife Elizabeth Karoline née Kogler (1915-1996), who married at Kensington, London in 1937 and in 1939 they were living at 18 Westgate Terrace, Kensington, London. Laetitia was educated at Fulham County Grammar School and studied life drawing at Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts 1958-1962 and at the Slade School of Art 1963-1965, during which time she won a Leverhulme Research Award Travelling Scholarship, spending a year in Italy. Her first solo show was at Norwich School of Art in 1964 and in 1967 she had an exhibition at the Piccadilly Gallery, Cork Steet, London. Living in North Suffolk, she married at Lowestoft in 1963, her former tutor at the Slade, Jeffery Camp [q.v.], and in 1967 they moved to Hastings, Sussex where, although separated from her husband, she remained for some 46 years and where she discovered her liking of painting on the beach and met her second partner, an incomer fisherman, Michael Rycroft. Laetitia never used photography in her work, so her drawings and paintings are the result of untold hours of exposure to wind, rain and sun, with a focus on the fishermen going about their business on the beach at Hastings. She has exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery and the Air Gallery, followed by a major touring exhibition ‘The Business of the Beach’ 1988-1989. She continued with one-woman shows around Britain and mixed touring exhibitions organised by amongst others South East Arts and the British Council, both in the UK and abroad. In 2013 Laetitia had an exhibition at the Pallant House Gallery, her first solo show in London for some five years, which covers a 20 year period of her life from the mid 1970s onwards, in which she returned to figurative painting, with the exception of two earlier limpid East Anglian watercolours, almost all the remaining 35 paintings and drawings in this show dealt with Hastings beach scenes, at the time she was living at 12 The Croft, Hastings, Sussex. Her work is held in numerous public collections: the Arts Council, the British Council, the Contemporary Arts Society, The Tate Gallery and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

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