BENJAMIN, Anthony

1931 - 2002

Anthony Benjamin

As Anthony Benjamin Brown, he was born at Fareham, Hampshire on 29 March 1931, but used his two Christian names, his mother's maiden name was Mott. He studied as an engineering draughtsman at Southall Technical College in 1947 being accepted into Regent Street Polytechnic, now the University of Westminster, 1950-1954. After a year at Regent Street, Anthony travelled to Paris and studied for three months with Fernand Léger (1881-1955). After graduation, he was awarded a one-year French Government Fellowship for painting and printmaking, studying at Atelier 17 in Parish 1958–1959, with engraver William Stanley Hayter (1901-1988). Following his time with Hayter, he was awarded an Italian Government Fellowship in Anticoli Corrado near Rome 1960–1961. A painter, sculptor and printmaker, from 1961 until 1973 Anthony was a lecturer and tutor including at the Ipswich School of Art with Roy Ascott [q.v.], lodging at the farmhouse of Judith Foster [q.v.] and her husband Richard Pinkney [q.v.], he also taught in California State College, USA and the University of Calgary, York University in Canada. Returning to England in 1974 and in 1986 moved to Benjamins Cottage, The Green, Holt, Norfolk. Benjamin was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. He married twice, firstly as Anthony B. Brown at Uxbridge in 1950, Patricia V. Griffiths and secondly as Anthony Benjamin at St Pancras, London in 1956, Stella M. Downton (born 1933). As Anthony Benjamin, he died at Islington, London on 17 February 2002.




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