Bus Stop – Fulham Road
Bus Stop – Fulham Road (early 1960s)
oil on canvas, 76x63.5cm
Robert Medley CBE, RA (1905–1994)
Charles Robert Owen Medley CBE, RA, was always known as Robert Medley.
A painter and educator, Medley was born in London and studied in England and in Paris, where he met English dancer Rupert Doone, with whom he lived for the rest of Doone’s life. In 1932 they founded the Group Theatre (London) and in 1939 set up the Theatre School at Morley where Medley was the artistic advisor. Medley exhibited paintings with London Group from 1929 and founded the Artists’ International Association which promoted socialist and avant-garde art. During the Second World War he served as an official war artist. In the 1950s he was one of the first English painters who turned to abstraction, but in later years returned to figurative painting. Medley had two paintings in Morley Gallery’s inaugural exhibition in 1969.