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John Plumb (1927-2008)

Biography of English abstract painter John Plumb (1927-2008)

John Plumb (1927-2008) was an English abstract painter born in Luton on 6th February 1927.

Plumb studied at the Byan Shaw School and The Central School of Art & Design. His teachers included Victor Pasmore, Keith Vaugham and William Turnbull.

Plumb was an abstract painter, and considered Jackson Pollock as 'the greatest abstract painter' [Studio magazine, December 1963, interview with Mervyn Levy].

Often using vinyl, cloth and electrical tape in his pictures in the late 1970s, he moved to more figurative painting, alongside his continued pursuit of abstract expression.

By the late 1960s, Plumb had exhibited widely and taught in America before returning to the Central College to teach. The Tate Gallery holds his work.

He died on 10th April 2008.

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Lot FS24/231: John Plumb [1927-2008] - Lemon Drop

John Plumb [1927-2008] - Lemon Drop - signed, inscribed, titled and dated 1992 on the reverse oil on canvas 121 x 121cm, unframed.

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500
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Lot FS24/232: John Plumb [1927-2008] - Dippers At Low Tide

John Plumb [1927-2008] - Dippers at low tide - signed and dated '87 pastel drawing 49 x 69cm.

Estimate: £100 - £200
Realised: £80

Lot FS24/233

Lot FS24/233: John Plumb [1927-2008] - A Felled Beech Tree

John Plumb [1927-2008] - A felled beech tree - signed and dated 88 pastel drawing 49 x 69cm.

Estimate: £100 - £200
Realised: £80