Bratby, John Randall

Date: 1928-1992

John Randall Bratby studied at Kingston College of Art and the Royal College of Art, from which he graduated in 1954. His first solo exhibition was held at the Beaux Arts Gallery in London the same year. 

Bratby founded a style of art called Kitchen Sink Realism. It was influential in the 1950s and involved depicting everyday objects and everyday lives. Bratby painted kitchen subjects, such as spoons, as well as bathrooms in bright, bold colours. 

In 1958, his art was featured in a film, The Horse’s Mouth, as the works of its protagonist. 

His artistic style became more energetic and brighter throughout his life. During the 1960s, he was well known and painted commissioned portraits of celebrities such as Billie Whitelaw.  

The University Art Collection holds one artwork by John Randall Bratby. 

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