Gordon Radford (1936-2015)

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Gordon Radford (1936-2015) is known for his great sensitivity and remarkable depiction of sunlight. He exhibited widely, including regularly at the Royal Society of Painters in Oils, London, and in 1975 he was elected Member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Art.

Born in Oldham in 1936, Radford studied fine art and design at the Oldham School of Art, and worked as an industrial designer for several years. During the 1970s he became acquainted with Carl Cheek and Jack Patterson of the Royal College of Art, London, with whom he would go out to the industrial sites and canals of Manchester and Salford – subjects which informed the basis of his early work.

In the 1980s Radford was influenced by the artist Edward Seago, and painted many Norfolk land and seascapes. His other chief influence was John Singer Sargent, and the sights of Venice particularly captured his heart – inspiring a new richer palette of colour.Radford’s work is in the collections of Sir Ian McKellen, Rochdale Art Gallery and the Astley Cheetham Gallery in Staleybridge.