Hans Schwarz (1922-2003)
Hans Schwarz was born in Vienna, Austria in 1922. He showed great artistic promise as a child and at the age of 14 he began training at the Vienna Gewerbeschule. However, following the Anschluss, he was forced to flee Austria. His father later died at Auschwitz.
Schwarz arrived in England as a 16 year old and settled in Birmingham. He worked for a year as an apprentice machine minder in the printing department for Cadbury Ltd. in Bournville, before being interred as an enemy alien upon the outbreak of the Second World War. Following his release in 1941, he attended Birmingham College of Art for 2 years, where he would meet his wife, Lena. After the war, he worked as a freelance illustrator, before giving up commercial work in 1964 to work full-time as a painter and sculptor.
He was a member of the Royal Watercolour Society, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the New English Arts Club, the Contemporary Portrait Society, the Chelsea Art Society and the Hampstead Artists Council. In 1981, he received the Hunting Group prize for the best watercolour of the year.
His work is represented in the collections of the National Maritime Museum, the Science Museum and Trinity College, Cambridge.