Vera Cunningham (Biographical details)

Vera Cunningham (printmaker; British; Female; 1897 - 1955)

Also known as

Cunningham, Vera

Biography

Painter, draughtsman and theatre designer.
Born in Hertfordshire of Scottish parentage; studied painting at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. She began exhibiting with the London Group in 1922. With Matthew Smith, she exhibited in Paris at the Amis de Montparnasse and the Salon des Indépendants in 1922. Her first one-man show was held at the Bloomsbury Gallery in 1929. She produced a number of theatre designs at the end of the 1930s, but returned to easel painting. During WWII she was involved in the Civil Defence Artists' shows at the Cooling Galleries. After the war her Paris dealer, Raymond Creuze, mounted three exhibitions in 1948, 1951 and 1954. She lived in London. The Barbican Art Gallery held a retrospective exhibition in 1985. Her work is held in the Manchester City Art Gallery; the Guildhall Gallery, London and at Palant House, Chichester.

Bibliography

Raymond Crueuze: 'Vera Cunningham' monograph, 1984