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Walter Hoyle

walterhoyleWalter Hoyle, 1922-2000, was a Watercolourist, Printmaker, Designer and teacher originating from Riston in Lancashire.

Many of these prints which are on display here come from his studio in Great Saling. Working on an Albion Press, he would carefully cut, proof and print by hand on handmade Japanese paper.

He trained at Beckenham School of Art (1940-2) and the Royal College of Art (1947-8), at the latter he was strongly influenced by Edward Bawden, one of Britain's greatest Linocut printers. During the following year 1948-49 Hoyle became artist attached to the Byzantine Institute in Istanbul. He was undoubtedly influenced by the work that he saw there but also referred to himself as "an English romantic with a love of France." In 1951 when Bawden was commissioned by the Festival of Britain to produce a mural for the South Bank, it was Hoyle that he chose to assist him on account of his great talent. Hoyle moved to Great Bardfield in Essex, becoming a part of the 'Great Bardfield group' of artists, whom in the post war era probably Bawden and Kenneth Rowntree are the most famous. Although diverse in style, they created figurative work, in stark contrast to the predominantly abstract work of the 'St. Ives artists' in Cornwall.

Hoyle taught at St. Martins School of Art from 1951-60, the Central School of Art and Crafts from 1960-64 and Cambridge School of Art from 1964-1985. Whilst at Cambridge he launched Cambridge Print Editions which produced limited editions of Artists prints. The Wren Chapel at Emmaunel College is one from this series.

In addition to commissioned prints, he designed wallpapers and painted murals for the Natural History Museum and for the Sealink ship St. David.

His work is in the collections of the Tate Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, The British Museum, Kettles Yard and the Fry Art Gallery. The royal West of England Academy hold a large oil painting of Trinity College Cambridge.