Harry Thubron (1915-1985) was one of the most gifted British artists and teachers of the post-war years. He explored abstraction not only in painting but in relief, collage and assemblage, making use of found materials and objects to conjure up fresh, playful and suggestive images. Thubron’s art epitomised the best searching qualities of British abstraction in the 1950s, 60s and beyond, always avoiding any formulated style. Each journey was a new journey, a proper physical dialogue with materials, forms and textures and their endless possibilities.
Thubron attended Sunderland School of Art and the RCA, returning to Sunderland to teach after World War Two. He proceeded to lecture in many other institutions, as well as running influential summer schools, spreading his interdisciplinary, experimental ideas and open, very liberated thinking.