Patrick Procktor at his home, April 1967 Photograph: Cecil Beaton © The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby's

Patrick Procktor was born in Dublin in 1936, but moved to London with his mother and elder brother in 1940 following the death of his father. He was conscripted as a Russian–language student by the Royal Navy in 1954, and acted as a translator for the British Council on several occasions. After leaving the navy in 1956, Procktor began his studies at the Slade School of Fine Art in 1958 and graduated in 1962.

Procktor was foremost a painter and while his work is informed by both Realism and Abstraction, he never chose to align himself completely with either. Procktor travelled extensively, and it was on a trip to the United States in 1965 that he completed the prints from Gemini Ltd that are featured in the National Gallery’s collection.
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Born Dublin, Ireland

Serves in Royal Navy where he learns Russian, he later works as a Russian interpreter for the British Council

Studies at Slade School of Art, London under William Coldstream Travels to Italy and Greece

Mounts first solo exhibition, Redfern Gallery, London, the beginning of a long association with the Gallery

Included in exhibition, New Generation, Whitechapel Gallery, London

Travels to United States with David Hockney, Norman Stevens, and Colin Self Completes edition of Crowd in grass, Seated Crowd at Gemini Ltd, Los Angeles

Travels to India and Nepal

Solo exhibition, Galleria del Cavallino, Venice, Italy

Travels to South Africa

Solo exhibition, Galerie Biedermann, Munich, GermanyCompletes suite of aquatints and etchings for The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge which was published as a book by Editions Alecto and The Redern Gallery in 1978; completes record slip for Elton John’s Blue moves

Travels to China

Makes set designs for Turandot at the Royal Opera House, London; invited by the Imperial War Museum to paint soldiers at Belize, Central America

Travels to Egypt

Solo exhibition, Patrick Procktor: Prints 1959-1985, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, West Midlands

Solo exhibition, Patrick Procktor: still life and portrait, Marina Henderson Gallery, London; included in exhibitions, IAM Galeria, Lisbon, Portugal; Le Cadre Gallery, Hong Kong 

Makes documentary, My Britain, produced by Liam White

Included in travelling exhibition, organised by Welsh Arts Council Tour of Great Britain Receives Watercolour Foundation Award, Royal Academy of Arts

Wins The Singer & Friedlander Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and again in 1992 Publishes autobiography, Self Portrait, (London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson)

Included in Tokyo Art Fair, JapanTravels to South East Asia

Solo exhibition, Recent paintings and drawings and paintings from the 1960s to 1980s, Redfern Gallery, London Included in exhibition, CCA Galleries, Cambridge

Solo exhibition, A 60th Birthday Tribute to Patrick Procktor, Redfern Gallery, London

Solo exhibition, Patrick Procktor: four decades of printmaking, Scolar Fine Art, London

Patrick Procktor died in London, England

Barbara Delano © Tyler Graphics Ltd., revised Kate Buckingham, 2007
This chronology provides an overview of selected biographical information, major solo and group exhibitions held within the artist's own lifetime.

Further information will be added to this site as the National Gallery proceeds with its research and documentation.

Last updated January 2017