Flight, Claude (1881-1955)

Linocut and woodcut artist; painter of figures, landscapes and townscapes in oils and water-colours; interior designer and illustrator. He studied at Heatherley’s 1913-14 and from 1918 and exhibited at the RA in 1921, in Paris in 1922 and in London at the RBA from 1923 (ARBA 1923, RBA 1925), regularly at the Redfern Gallery and abroad. A member of the Seven and Five society in 1923, and of the Grubb Group in 1928, his work is represented in collections including the V&A. Flight collaborated with Edith Lawrence, taught at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art and wrote about and organised exhibitions on linocuts. Flight taught linocutting at the Grosvenor School from 1926 and his pupils included various now famous print artists including Lill Tschudi, Cyril Power and Sybil Andrews. Influenced by Cubism, Futurism and Vortism, his work expressed dynamic rhythm through bold, simple forms. The linocuts show his interest in depicting speed and movement. Flight also produced a number of landscapes: Le Port Voluntre; Cahors, Lot and Land’s End. Flight was undoubtedly Britain’s foremost exponent of linocutting between the wars. Undeterred by the unpopularity of the medium at the time, Flight arranged yearly exhibitions of Grosvenor School artists’ linocuts at the Redfern and the Ward Galleries and as well as touring exhibitions to provincial galleries.


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