SHARP, Paul Spencer

1921 - 1998

Paul Sharp

Paul Spencer Sharp was born at Sowerby Bridge, Halifax, West Yorkshire on 7 June 1921, son of Arnold Haigh Sharp (18 February 1891-14 November 1956), sculptor and art teacher, and his wife Mary Alice née Spencer (2 February 1892-), who married at Camberwell, London in 1917. In 1939 Paul was an art student living at Marlborough Street, Ossett, Yorkshire with his parents. After serving in the Royal Air Force he studied at the Royal College of Art 1946-1949, obtaining an ARCA Diploma, and began teaching at Farnham College of Art, ultimately as Head of the Department of Design. He exhibited a series of lithographs at the Royal Academy, from 104 West Street, Farnham in 1956 'Herring Boats in Harbour', in 1957 'The "Discovery"' and 'Loading "Magga Dan"' from Grayne Cottage, Heath Lane, Upper Hale, Farnham in 1959 'Puffing Billy', in 1960 'Portsmouth Point' and in 1961 'Wastwater' and 'Wasdale, Cumberland'. He left teaching in 1960 and became a full-time graphic designer at Westerham Press pioneering in the field of graphic design combining the elements of typography, illustration and commercial art where his reputation as a gifted watercolour illustrator, artist and printmaker grew and he provided work for clients as diverse as the Paul Mellon Foundation, the National Gallery, the British Road Foundation, Sotheby’s, Taylor Woodrow, Royal Doulton, the Mermaid Theatre and the Science Museum. He carried the British tradition of watercolour, illustration and formal design, in which every detail was meticulously and precisely planned on paper, into the modern world of desktop publishing. Not strictly a Suffolk artist, he illustrated the book 'Sailing Tours Essex and Suffolk' edited by Sir Hugh Casson. Paul Spencer Sharp died in Hampshire on 5 June 1998.

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