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The Retreating Storm

Adrian Hil


Artist: Adrian Hill (1895-1977)
Label verso: The Royal Institute Galleries,195 Piccadilly London W1
Medium: Oil

Adrian Keith Graham Hill was born in Charlton, London. Educated at Dulwich College. He then went on to study at St.John's Wood School of Art and then The Royal College of Art. During the first world war he was an official War Artist on the Western Front. His paintings and drawings can be seen at the Imperial War museum. On returning to civilian life he painted professionally whilst teaching at the Hornsey and Westminster schools of art. In 1938 whilst convalescing from tuberculosis, he passed the time away drawing objects from his hospital bed and discovered that the process aided his recovery. In 1939 "occupational therapy" was introduced at the hospital and Hill was invited to teach the other patients, he coined the phrase "Art therapy" in 1942. He discovered that the practice of Art seemed to help patients take their minds of their injuries or illness and ease their mental distress.hill worked tirelessly to promote art therapy, eventually becoming president of the British Association of Art Therapists. In the 50's and 60's he presented a BBC TV series called sketch club. He lived near Midhurst, Sussex. Today his work is held by many institutions including the V&A museum in London.

Width: 58.8cm / Height: 68.4cm (dimensions include frame)

Ref: 5021

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