John Plumb 1927-2008


A ground breaking British abstract painter, Plumb studied at Luton School of Art 1942-1945, the Byam Shaw School 1948-1950 and the Central School 1952-1955, under Anthony Gross, Victor Pasmore, William Turnbull and Keith Vaughan. It was while he was studying that he met and married Joan Lawrence.

Success came quickly for Plumb. He represented in the AIA abstract exhibitions of 1953 and 1957, in Situation exhibitions 1960 -1961, alongside Bridget Riley, William Turnball, Robyn Denny and notable others and in a group exhibition at Leverkusen, 1961. Group exhibitions since this date include British Painting 1974, Hayward Gallery, London and Art & the 60sThis Was Tomorrow, Tate Britain, 2004.

He taught at Luton School of Art 1955-1961, Maidstone College of Art 1961-1966, and Bennington College, Vermont 1968-1969. He became Senior Lecturer in Painting at the Central School of Art and Design, London 1969-1982. In 1993 he moved to Devon.

His first one-man exhibition was at Gallery One in 1957. He subsequently showed at Marlborough and Axiom Galleries, followed by solo exhibitions throughout the UK, including Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol.