Anthony Eyton RA
Anthony Eyton was born on 17th May 1923 in Teddington, Middlesex, UK. Anthony Eyton lives and works in London.
Anthony Eyton studied fine art at Reading University in 1941 before serving in the Army from 1942 to 1947. He went on to study at Camberwell School of Art from 1947 to 1950, and in 1951 received an Abbey Major Scholarship, taking him to work in Italy. Eyton was Head of Painting at St Lawrence College, Kingston, Ontario in 1969 and taught at the Royal Academy Schools from 1964 to 1999.
Eyton has travelled extensively, particularly to India, Israel and Sudan. In 1982 he was commissioned by the Artistic Records Committee to observe and paint the Gurkha regiment in Hong Kong and the New Territories, the paintings of which were exhibited at the Imperial War Museum. In 1985 he was Resident Artist at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, with subsequent exhibitions held at the hospital, Surrey University and the King’s Fund Centre. In 1996, the Government Art Collection commissioned him to record the centenary of the British Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was also invited by the Tate Gallery to work in the Bankside Power Station prior to it becoming Tate Modern, and two pictures subsequently entered the Tate Collection. Since 1999 he has been Resident Artist at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
Among Eyton’s many awards include John Moores Prize Winner (1972), Grocers’ Company Fellowship to work in Italy (1973), First Prize at the Second British International Drawing Biennale, Middlesborough (1975) and Charles Wollaston Award (Royal Academy, 1989).His work is in many public and private collections including: Arts Council of Great Britain, Imperial War
Museum, London, Plymouth Art Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, London, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, Tate Gallery, London