JAMES PRIDDEY (1916 - 1980)
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345mm x 250mm
560mm x 470mm
Really nice example of a coloured lithograph by collectable Midlands artist James Priddey. Signed and titled in pencil by the artist and bearing the impressed stamp of an Artist's Proof. This piece is most attractive and has a lovely retro feel.
James Priddey was born in Handsworth, Birmingham, 1916. He studied at Moseley School of Arts and Crafts, and at Birmingham College of Art between 1931-35. Priddey exhibited widely including at the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Cambrian Academy, Royal West of England Academy, Society of Graphic Art, in the provinces and at the Paris Salon where he received a silver medal in 1949. He was elected as president to the Birmingham Watercolour Society in 1959 and a member to the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 1960, becoming the Society's Hon. Secretary in 1966. Priddey lived and worked in Harborne, Birmingham with his wife Peggy.Between 1974-1978 Priddey was elected as the president of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.
Priddey had several styles, all unmistakably his own. He produced hundreds of black and white line illustrations for books and pamphlets such as the 1973 publication Heart of England, a guide to the Midlands region which he illustrated throughout, with accompanying text by Louise Wright. Towns, villages, rural scenes and some fine Black Country landscapes filled its pages, while a watercolour, very different in style but equally beautiful, graced the dust jacket. James Priddey died just before Christmas in 1980.