Ruskin Spear (1911-1990, British), CBE, RA, was born in Hammersmith, West London, and after exhibiting a talent for art early on, attended art school and then the Royal College of Art. During WWII, he was involved in the War Artists’ Advisory Committee in the ‘Recording Britain’ project. He returned to teach at the Royal College of Art from 1948-1975.
Spear painted his immediate surroundings, primarily in Hammersmith. A well-known portrait painter, people in pubs and cats populate his works. One of the cats must have been his own, Trixie. Using broad brush strokes his works reflect a spontaneous effect which depict every day situations that are sometimes humorous, especially those of cats.