BRITISH 1926 – 2014
Alan Munro Reynolds, was born at Newmarket, Suffolk on 27 April 1926, son of George R. Reynolds, a stableman, and his wife Ellen E. née Holloway, who married at Strood, Kent in 1910. Alan studied at the Woolwich Polytechnic School of Art 1948-1952 winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Art 1952-1953.
He taught at Central School of Art and Design 1954-1961 and at St Martin’s School of Art during the 1950s and 1960s becoming Senior lecturer in painting in 1985. An English painter of international repute and regarded as the most significant English painter to emerge in the early 1950’s becoming prominent as a landscape painter, his early landscapes of Suffolk and Kent, works peppered with teasels, oast houses, hop gardens, orchards, copses and cornfields turning the farmland and fens of his childhood into a series of spectral scenes.
He came under the influence of Paul Klee (1879-1940), and since the late 1950’s his work mutated into formally abstract compositions. His first solo show was at Redfern Gallery, London in 1952 followed by Durlacher Gallery in 1954. His work features in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the National Museum of Canada, the V&A and the Tate among others.
He married at Greenwich, London in 1957 Vona Derby and they lived at Briar Cottage, High Street, Cranbrook, Kent where he died on 22 August 2014, being survived by his wife who died on 5 November 2016. (Michael Harrison: ‘Alan Reynold-The Making of Concretist Artist’. 2011)
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