Monday, December 28, 2015

RIP - some of the artists who died in 2015

These are some of leading figures in the art world who died this year - plus some leading artists the in the UK art world and a couple I know personally.

I've started at the end of the year and have worked backwards.

Do please say if you think I've left anybody important out by mistake.

December 2015

News: Images of Ellsworth Kelly and his work remembered on Twitter
News: Images of Shigeru Mizuki and his work remembered on Twitter

My own personal loss in December was of my friend Robyn Sinclair who is known to many in the online art world.  You can read Robyn Sinclair: An Appreciation

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

Where does one start - except to say he will be missed.
  • Brian Sewell would have been very pleased with the extraordinary amount of press coverage he got on his death. My blog post about the art critic of the Evening Standard Brian Sewell (1931 – 2015) - he will be missed highlights the obituaries he got in terms of newspaper articles, blog posts and on video as well as recording my memories of Brian.

August 2015

News: Images of Roland Collins and his work remembered on Twitter

July 2015

June 2015

News: Images of Alfred Daniels and his paintings of London remembered on Twitter

May 2015

April 2015

  • Jack Knox - a Scottish artist who painted the subjects and in the styles of many other painters over time
  • Sargy Mann (age 77) - This was my blog post about the blind British painter Sargy Mann 1937 - 2015 and these were the obituaries I couldn't find at the time:
  • Keith Shackleton MBE, PPSWLA, PPRSMA(age 92) - Wildlife artist and also known to many of us oldies from paintings he did on Animal Magic. At various times he had served as President of the Society of Wildlife Artists and the Royal Society of Marine Artists, as Chairman of the Artists’ League of Great Britain and Vice President of the Society of Wildlife Artists and the Guild of Aviation Artists, and as a Trustee of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust.

March 2015

  • Robert Clatworthy RA (age 87) - a sculptor who taught art in art colleges in London. Between 1971 and 1975, he was the head of the fine art department at the Central School of Art and Design, London
  • Alvert Irvin (age 92) - participated in the 'reinvigoration of British painting in the 1980s and 90s'
Eventually finding a wide audience in his 60s, he joked that he was “the oldest up and coming young artist in Britain”.

February 2015

January 2015

  • The shock in January was the killing of the cartoonists 9and journalists) in the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris. The five cartoonists killed were:
  • An English cartoonist Martin Honeysett (age 71) died in January in the UK.
  • Frances Lennon, MBE (age 102) was an award winning Mancunian artist whose work was collected by Winston Churchill. She was also the official artist for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
  • Edward Hardy "Ted" Harrison, CM (age 88) was an English-Canadian artist noted for his paintings of the Yukon.

Other Lives

I came to the end of 2015 thinking it was going to be a year I forever associated with deaths - lots of them. It's so very odd to have a year which you are really glad when it is over.

One final note.
If you know an artist who has died and you'd like to record their passing you can do this using The Guardian's "Other lives" section. Thank goodness they recognise that the so-called 'great and good' are not the only people worth a mention!


  1. I'm sorry to read of the loss of so many fine artists in 2015. Raymond Booth was another wonderful artist who passed away earlier this year- I've always admired his work.

  2. I'll update the post with his details Shevaun.


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