John Minton(1917-1957), Painter and illustrator
Sitter in 4 portraits
Artist of 5 portraits
Minton was a major figure in the neo-Romantic movement of the 1940s and 1950s, at various times sharing a studio with Keith Vaughan and with Michael Ayrton. His prolific output included landscapes and portraits. He attended St John's Wood School of Art from 1935 to 1938 and spent eight months studying art in France. In 1942, he designed the costumes and scenery for John Gielgud's production of Macbeth and held a joint exhibition with Michael Ayrton at the Leicester Galleries. Minton taught at schools of art including Camberwell, Central and the Royal College. Well known in Soho circles, his vivaciousness and generosity hid a melancholy which led to his suicide.
Watch a film clip on the artist from the BBC Archive in the Media section below