Born 1921, Berlin, Germany. Died 1991.
Born Peter Fleischmann, the artist grew up in an orphanage in Berlin. He attended the Berlin Art School and then came to England where he was interned as an enemy alien in the camp at Douglas, Isle of Man, along with the artists Fred Uhlman and Kurt Schwitters. He was released into the care of two painters called Midgley who lived in Manchester. They found him a place at Beckenham School of Art from 1947-51 and then he studied at the Royal College of Art in London from 1951-53, winning an Italian Government Scholarship from 1953-54. He taught at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication in Kent from 1966-86.
Midgley exhibited regularly throughout the 1950s and 60s with the Redfern Gallery. A member of the Society of Mural Painters, he undertook a number of commissions for the then Greater London Council and Ministry of Works. He had a retrospective exhibition in Berlin in 1978 and another at Woodlands Art Gallery in London in 1992. He was a member of the Printmakers' Council.