Alan Reynolds (1926-2014)

Born in Suffolk, studied at the Woolwich Polytechnic from 1948-1952 and at the Royal College of Art from 1952-53. Throughout the 1950’s, he taught at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and began teaching at St Martin’s School of Art in 1962.

Although he originally made his reputation as  a landscape painter, the 1960’s and the influence of Europe brought about his development of a completely different abstract style. During the war he had been posted to Hanover and felt the impact of German expressionism while other British artists were focused on France. His early influences were Constable and Samuel Palmer, but he later looked to Paul Klee and Mondrian, abandoning depiction in favour of the abstract.

Reynolds has been exhibited extensively on an international scale, with representation in major permanent collections worldwide including the MoMA, New York, the Berlin National Gallery, the V&A and the Tate.


Alan Reynolds (1926-2014), Group of Drawings, 1955


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Watercolour and Gouache
26 ¼ x 16 ½ in (66.7 x 42 cm)
Signed and dated

Collections: With Agnew’s; Allen Freer (1927 –2023); J H W Fine Art; Private Collection, Great Britain

Exhibited: JHW Fine Art Alan Reynolds 2004 (ill. back cover)

Literature: Redfern Gallery Alan Reynolds (intro by J.P.Hodin) 1962 (frontispiece)

This drawing has strong claims to be the most celebrated of Reynolds’ works on paper. Illustrated as the frontispiece in Hodin’s seminal monograph on the artist , it would also appear to be Reynolds largest work on paper.

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