Robert Sadler (1909-2001) - Longboat, Ascot 1986
Acrylic on board. Signed. 10" x 7 3/4"
Exhibited Studio Exhibition 1987.
Born in Newmarket the son of a racehorse trainer.By the age of fourteen he was drawing and painting aeroplanes, horses, houses and landscapes. He joined the Royal Air Force and, in 1942, whilst posted to the Air Ministry as 'Director of Plans', he attended art school in London. In 1953 he was posted to the USA, during which period he attended the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC, where he first encountered the work of the American Abstract Expressionists. After retiring from the RAF in 1955, he moved back to Newmarket to become a full time artist'.
He exhibited widely during his working life. His first one-man show was at Swaffham Prior, Cambridge, and from then until 1963 he lived and painted in a largely abstract expressionist style, influenced by the École de Paris Tachisme of Poliakoff and de Stael, and by the contemporary British work of Peter Lanyon, William Scott, Bryan Wynter and Adrian Heath. In 1964 Sadler moved to Aldeburgh, Suffolk and built a new studio at 39 The Terrace, where he lived until his death in August 2001.