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Ceri Richards CBE LG (1903-1971)

Ceri Richards was born on 6 June 1903 in Dunvant, near Swansea, Wales. His father, a tin-plate worker, communicated his love of music and poetry to his son, and these arts were to be a continuous inspiration for his painting, particularly the poetry of his compatriot Dylan Thomas. He was educated at Gowerton Grammar School and, after two years as an apprentice to an electrical engineering firm, studied full-time at Swansea School of Art (1921-24). He won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art where he studied under Randolph Schwabe, who encouraged him to study Kandinsky, Mondrian and Picasso (1924-27). During that period he also attended evening classes in life drawing at Westminster School of Art under Bernard Meninsky.

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