A visit with one of my all-time drawing HEROES "Paul Hogarth". His b/w line work always reminded me of a more whimsical Ben Shahn, equaling his power of line, design and observation. Cheers Paul, you were #awesome.

Paul Hogarth
b. Kendal, England 1917- 2001



Paul Hogarth was born in Kendal, England in 1917. He attended the Manchester School of Art before moving to London and where he studied at St Martin's School of Art. Paul was direct descendent of British Master, William Hogarth (1697-1764 ). During his collage days he was very politically active becoming involved with the Artists International Association, joining the Communist Party and spending a brief spell with the International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War. Hogarth developed an extraordinary talent for on- location drawing and reportage, which was allied by his love of travel. 

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This led him to produce drawings and watercolors recording events and places all over the world. As an illustrator he studied under James Boswell, and worked with a number of eminent authors, including Robert Graves, Graham Greene, Brendan Behan, Lawrence Durrell, and William Golding.  During his early career, Hogarth had chosento work exclusively in black and white, commensurate with his serious commitment to the left. With the move into watercolor in the 1960s came a great exuberance, underpinned by the light touch of his draughtsmanship: a feature characterized for many by his use of white or negative space in his compositions.

It has been suggested, indeed, that the calligraphic quality of work from that time, presaging his seemingly effortless transition from drawing to watercolor, owes much to his experience in China, where in the 1950s he travelled for several months in the company of a Chinese artist schooled in the formal Eastern tradition. Such an honesty of approach shines out particularly perhaps from the pencil drawings which form the final section of the exhibition. Sympathetically traced with his ‘seraphic line’, these studies of individuals from Galway to Zimbabwe are a moving testament to the range and humanity of Hogarth’s vision: an unmatched ability to capture in just a few strokes the dignity of tasks quietly performed in an everyday context. 


 Hogarth taught at the Guildford School of Art, the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, the Cambridge Art School and at the Royal College of Art, London. In 1968-1969 he was associate professor of illustration at the Philadelphia College of Art, USA. Paul Hogarth was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 1974 and was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts by Manchester Metropolitan University. He passed away in Gloucestershire, England in 2001. 


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