Large Painting by David Rawnsley, Broken Doll
Large and dramatic painting on board by the English painter - David Rawnsley.
The painting epitomises the 1960s, with its scale, choice of colours and poignant subject matter. The artist has built up layers of paint to create textures and depth.
David Rawnsley was a man of many parts. He was a painter, a potter and a film art director.
He was born in 1909 he trained as an architect and engineer. In his early twenties he became involved in the film industry, and worked on many films during the thirties and forties as an art director. There are some very well-known films in his CV including 49th Parallel, One of Our Aircraft is Missing, They Flew Alone and In Which We Serve.
After the war he moved to Paris and opened a pottery. Back in London in 1952 David and his wife Mary started up the renowned Chelsea Pottery in Radnor Walk.
In 1959 the Rawnsleys left for the Bahamas in search of a place to start up a new pottery in the sun. They found a large 18th century town house in Nassau.
After a couple of years David moved on to open yet another pottery, this time in Mexico. On a solo trip to Capri in the early seventies David died of a heart attack.
The hessian covered frame is also very much of its period, although I feel it would look good with just its thin gilt slip. The painting is signed bottom right.
The last photo shows the artist in his studio in Chelsea.
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The measurements are 91 (80) cm wide and 119 (100) cm high.