Morris Kestelman (Biographical details)

Morris Kestelman (printmaker; British; Male; 1905 - 1998)

Also known as

Kestelman, Morris

Biography

Born in London of emigré parents; studied at Central School of Art under Bernard Meninsky 1922-25 and at the Royal College of Art, 1926-29, developing an interest in the theatre; designed set for 'The Magic Flute' at the Royal College of Music, 1929; first visit to France 1931, painting in Soutine's old studio in Cagnes-sur-Mer, later often visited Spain; designed several sets including Sadlers Wells' 'Il Tabbaro' and the Old Vic's 'Richard III', 1944-49; painted two murals exhibited at the V&A, 1946; elected member of the London Group, 1951 and commissioned to paint two large works for the Festival of Britain; Head of Painting and Sculpture at Central School, 1951-71; Abbey Major Award in Painting, 1983.