BELMONTE, Guido

1921 - 1986

Guido Belmonte, was born in Edinburgh on 1 November 1921. Living in Edinburgh and studied at Edinburgh College of Art 1937-1942 and after four years military service returned to his studies and in 1947 awarded a Rome Scholarship in Sculpture from the British School in Rome. In 1939 he won the Andrew Grant Scholarship for four years and in 1941 and 1947 Andrew Grant Vacation Scholarships to London and Paris. By 1953 was living in Hampstead, London where he married his first wife in 1953, Prudence E. Seward [q.v.], who divorced, and secondly in 1962, Pauline Marie Whattler (born 29 June 1939). A tutor on the foundation course at Hornsey College of Art 1967-1968 and then at Ipswich School of Art until the early 1980s, working alongside Bernard Reynolds [q.v.] in the sculpture department being tutor, amongst others to Robin Warnes [q.v.] and John Chipperfiedl [q.v.]. He exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy 1941-1942 and at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions 1955-1962 including portrait heads in bronze and in terracotta. After the retirement of Bernard Reynolds and the death of Belmonte, the sculpture department was carried on by David Baldry [q.v.]. He died at Camelford, Cornwall in c. 1986.