Born: 1922. Died: 2000. Nationality: British.
Walter Hoyle was born in Rushton, Lancashire. He studied at Beckenham School of Art (1940-42) and at the Royal College of Art (1947-48). He then went to the Byzantine Institute in Istanbul, an experience which he said was an important influence in his work though he described himself as an English romantic with a love of France. At the Royal College he was strongly influenced by Edward Bawden who later invited him to assist with the creation of a mural for the Festival of Britain in 1951.
Hoyle taught at St Martin's School of Art (1951-60), Central School of Arts and Crafts (1960-64) and Cambridge School of Art (1964-85). During the latter period he launched Cambridge Print Editions. He became a key figure in the Great Bardfield group of artists. Work was also commissioned from Walter Hoyle by Editions Electo, Christies Contemporary Art, the Folio Society and by Shell, the BBC and the Post Office. Examples of his work are held by the Tate Gallery, the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Ref: Martin Salisbury (ed) 2003 Artists at the Fry: Art and design in the N.W. Essex Collection Cambridge, Ruskin Press
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