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Roland Vivian PITCHFORTH 23 April 1895 - 1982

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Biography

Roland Vivian Pitchforth, better known as Vivian Pitchforth, was an artist who was born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
 
Pitchforth was primarily a landscape painter in watercolours and oils and, from 1945, he exclusively painted in watercolours.

He studied at Wakefield 1912–14, Leeds 1914–15. He served in the Royal Artillery during the Great War. After the war he enrolled in the Royal College of Art (RCA). Latterly he visited Paris where the scope of his artwork deepened.

Pitchforth was a member of the London Artists' Association between 1928–32 and an integral member of the London Group of artists from 1929. His first solo exhibition was at the London Artists' Association in 1928. He has been exhibited at the Royal Academy, initially in 1941, but repetitively since. He had a retrospective exhibition in his home town in 1943. He was granted Official War Artist between 1940–5. Latterly he visited Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and Burma after World War II and afterwards worked in South Africa.

His teaching abilities saw him teach at Camberwell from 1926, St Martin's School of Art from 1930 and what was Chelsea Polytechnic from 1948. He also taught at Clapham between 1926 and 1939 and the Royal College of Arts between 1937–9.