Tavener, Robert: Sunflowers


A sublime linocut, a beautiful composition with lovely soft colours in Robert Tavener’s distinctive style. The print is an artist’s proof with hand colouring used to identify the shades intended to be used when printing. However, we do not believe the print was issued in a limited edition and is therefore unique. It’s signed in pencil and mounted ready for framing. There are a few minor foxing marks (spots) caused by impurities in the paper.

Artist: Robert Tavener, (1920-2004)

Title and date: Sunflowers, (1960s)

Size: 51.0 x 61.0 cms.


Artist description:

An increasingly popular and much collected artist, Robert Tavener was born in Hampstead in 1920. He completed 6 years’ war service and was part of the D Day landings. He studied drawing and painting at Gottingen University from 1945 to 1946 and attended Hornsey College of Art from 1946 until 1950. His first teaching job was as an art teacher at Temple School in Strood then at the Medway College of Art in Rochester.

He moved to Eastbourne in 1953 where he became head of printmaking at the College of Art and Design, retiring as vice-principal in 1980. He illustrated children’s books and worked as a printmaker, gaining commissions from London Transport, Shell, the BBC, the Radio Times and many others. He described his work as being: “English Countryside and English Architecture. Shape, pattern, colour, texture, design”.

He held many solo shows and his work was accepted for 34 years in succession at the RA’s Summer Exhibition. He was a senior fellow of the Royal Society of Painter/Printmakers where he exhibited in 30 shows. His work is held in over 25 UK collections, including the V and A and the Government Art Collection.