ERNEST PROCTER (1886 - 1935)United KingdomProcter was born in Tynemouth, Northumberland. His father was a distinguished scientist whose family had been Quakers for many generations. In 1907 he went to Newlyn to study at the Forbes School of Painting when he became a star pupil. In 1910 he went to Paris to study at the Atelier Colarossi. In 1912 he married Dod Shaw, a fellow student at Newlyn, and they returned to Paris together. During the First World War Procter joined the Friends Ambulance Unit and served in France. During this time he executed many watercolours and drawings recording camp life and effects of war. After the war he returned to Newlyn for a time before he and Dod spent a year in Rangoon in 1920 where they were commissioned o decorate the Kokine Palace. During the 1920s he became interested in painting allegorical works of a very decorative nature derived from a mixture of early Italian, classical and oriental influences. He also painted landscapes, portraits, contributed to decorative schemes and produced several designs for decorations on black china for Brain & Co of Stoke on Trent along with Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell, Ben Nicholson, Graham Sutherland and Paul Nash. In 1934 he was appointed Director of Studies in Design and Craft at the Glasgow School of Art. For many years he suffered from high blood pressure, which was to lead to his early death in 1935.
He exhibited widely, including at the Royal Academy, New English Art Club and Fine Art Society. His work The Zodiac was purchased by the Chantrey Bequest in 1935 and is in the collection of the Tate Gallery and The Family (1934/5) was purchased for the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle. He is also represented in many other public collections.