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Terence Greer Mid century Illustrator

October 31, 2014

Happy Friday everyone. For more festive and Halloween based illustrations check out this Helen Borten post I created last year, otherwise here’s a little illustrative nostalgia for you to enjoy.

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Born in England in 1929 in Surbiton, SW London, Terence Greer studied painting at Twickenham School of Art, joined the RAF in 1947, then studied at St Martin’s and the Royal Academy School.

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Between the 1950s- and the 1980s he was both a playwright and illustrator. Illustrating book covers for Penguin Books and in magazines such as The Economist and Radio Times.

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One of his greatest visual impressions from childhood was the Hollywood films from the 1930’s. His consuming interests are jazz, the cinema, photography and the more graphic work of Picasso. Perhaps as a consequence, his work does have an almost cinematic feel to it.

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He was represented by Saxon Artist Agents. He later focused on painting while living in Australia, then Canada, Vancouver being his home since the mid 1990s.

His works have been exhibited at the V&A and Ashmolean museums.

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Sadly there is little information about Terence online, if anyone has any better images or more up to date info than I’ll happily add it to this post. Thank you. Many thanks to Tracy J Prince who took many of the initial photographs found on Pinterest
Don’t forget over the weekend to enter my online competition before monday. It’s been a super week for blog mentions too, many thanks again to Lizzie over at Dream Discover Italia for her excellant nomination for a ‘Lovely Blog Award’ . Also to Eleanor over at The Pink Tank for selecting Fishink blog as one of their top 5 art blogs and finally PR Media company Cision for including it in their top 10 ! Wow quite a week : ) Keep spreading the new everyone and have a safe and scary Halloween too !
10 Comments leave one →
  1. October 31, 2014 10:39 am

    Wow Craig, how do you find all this out about the artists you feature? Great bio of this chap – I really like his style, it’s almost like seeing a storyboard for a video or film!

    • October 31, 2014 10:56 am

      Thanks Lizzie, just a little research usually turns up the info and images to pull something together. Great point because his work is very cinematic. Thanks for your comments

      • October 31, 2014 1:23 pm

        Keep it up Craig, I find these posts fascinating and love learning more about art and design!

  2. TPrince permalink
    March 25, 2015 9:54 pm

    Most of these photos were taken by me, for the Pinterest board I created on my friend Terence Greer’s work.

    • March 26, 2015 10:16 am

      Thanks for letting me know Tracy, I’ve put an acknowledgement at the end of the post. Thank you for taking the images in the first place. What a shame there isn’t more of Terence’s work online.

  3. John Lawrence permalink
    January 28, 2016 6:49 am

    I was at Twickenham Art school with Terry would love to make contact?

    • January 28, 2016 9:23 am

      Thanks John, as I mentioned in the article I could find no more info on Terry. Let’s hope someone he knows reads this and gets back to you. Thanks for your comment.

    • TPrince permalink
      April 21, 2016 5:39 am

      Hi John, Send me a message via Pinterest and I can put you in touch.

    • John Lawrence permalink
      April 30, 2016 5:35 am

      It has been rather a long time since I last saw Terry (70 something years?) and often
      wondered how he was faring? Not many of us left. Greetings from the land of the land of the Long White cloud (NZ)

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