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Michael Seward Snow (1930-2012)

Biography of the painter Michael Seward Snow (1930-2012)

Michael Seward Snow, painter and teacher, born Manchester 27th June 1930, married 1950 Sylvia Jarrett (divorced 1956), 1957 Margaret Lambert (one son, Justin). Died Hillerton Cross, Devon, 15th July 2012.

With no formal training, Michael Snow showed an early interest in poetry, literature and the arts at school in Rugby, as a librarian in Manchester and with Tony Connor and Malcolm Bishop when he founded the Peterloo Group in Manchester.

After seeing an exhibition of St Ives artists in Liverpool, including Alexander Mackenzie, Snow moved there in 1951. Two years later he was elected member of the newly found Penwith Society along with Hepworth and Nicholson.

Snow was particularly enamoured with the lyrical literacy of John Wells, W Barns Graham, Alex Mackenzie, George Dannatt and Ben Nicholson.

Snow's work continued to change and evolve. His 1960s works bearing more resemblance to the painterly expressionism of Bryan Winter, Terry Frost and Roger Hilton. By the 1970s, Snow's personal interest in science, ranging from mineralogy to cosmology, resulted in works such as Sun & Moon and Blue Planet.

From 1965 to 1985, Snow entered the field of education. He taught at the vibrant Exeter College of Art where he became Director of the Combined Honours Course. His interdisciplinary openness made him an instant hit with his students. Snow's succinct catalogue statement for his 24 work show at London's Rowan Gallery in 1964 explained his pictures as 'additions to nature, not imitations of it. I may receive a stimulus to start work from a new landscape but my real problem is the solution on the canvas - painting matters if it is honest ... because it is not only a visual addition to our environment ... it is the only way to learn to see'.

With recognition to Peter Davies from whose obituary in The Independent extracts are included in the above.

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Lot FS23/226

Lot FS23/226: Michael Seward Snow [1930-2012] - Grey To Mauve Space

Michael Seward Snow [1930-2012] - Grey to Mauve Space - signed, inscribed and dated 1965 on the reverse oil on board 20.5 x 15cm, mounted on a painted backboard.

Estimate: £300 - £500
Realised: £320

Lot FS18/311

Lot FS18/311: Michael Neville Seward Snow [1930-2012] - Landscape Archipelago, 1964

Michael Neville Seward Snow [1930-2012] - Landscape Archipelago, 1964 inscribed on the reverse with artists name and title and dated 1964 oil on canvas 91 x 152cm.

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000
Realised: £1,800

Lot FS18/310

Lot FS18/310: Michael Neville Seward Snow [1930-2012] - Untitled (Sun)

Michael Neville Seward Snow [1930-2012] - Untitled (Sun) signed and dated 89/90/92 on the reverse; further dated 1992 on the reverse; oil on canvas; 122 x 122cm, (unframed).

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,800
Realised: £1,100

Lot FS18/312

Lot FS18/312: Michael Neville Seward Snow [1930-2012] - Incised Painting Sun and Moon, 1959

Michael Neville Seward Snow [1930-2012] - Incised Painting Sun and Moon, 1959 signed MN Seward Snow and inscribed with title on the backboard oil on board 99 x 47cm.

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500
Realised: £900

Lot FS18/314

Lot FS18/314: Michael Neville Seward Snow [1930-2012] - Drawings For Constructions

Michael Neville Seward Snow [1930-2012] - Drawings for Constructions inscribed with title and dated 2253 bottom centre further inscribed on the backboard, signed and dated 1953 oil on board 39.5 x 305cm.

Estimate: £800 - £1,200
Realised: £800

Lot FS18/315

Lot FS18/315: Michael Neville Seward Snow [1930-2012] - Untitled

Michael Neville Seward Snow [1930-2012] - Untitled collage 59 x 79cm.

Estimate: £250 - £350
Realised: £220