HARRY REDMAN (1920-1994)
WWII Drawings and Abstract Prints
Works from the Artist’s Estate
Harry Redman grew up in Broadstairs and Margate. He trained at the Thanet School of Art and Architecture from 1937-1940, and attended Walter Sickert’s afternoon Salons in Broadstairs. He signed up for the RAF at the beginning of WWII and was passed for Officer training as a pilot. However, it was discovered he had a heart condition so he opted for a place in the RAF Signals as an NCO. He served in West Africa (Sierra Leone / Freetown) for two years, then was sent to the North West Frontier where he set up Direction Finding Stations.
During 1943 Redman studied part-time at the Ruskin School of Drawing (Oxford), the Central School of Art and the Slade. He returned to full-time education at the University of Reading School of Fine Art in 1948, receiving a Ministry of Education Diploma in Design and a Ministry of Education Art Teacher’s Diploma. Redman was subsequently appointed as a lecturer at the University of Reading were he stayed until his retirement in 1985 and where he is still remembered with great admiration and fondness.
If you would like to read more about Harry Redman, the artist’s son has prepared a short essay on his father’s life.
In the 1950s Redman established the print-making workshop at Reading University. In the 1960s, when Claude Rogers was Professor of Fine Art, he took a sabatical to work at Stanley Hayter’s Atelier 17 in Paris. Below are a group of the abstract prints he made from the 1960s through to the 1980s.