Robert MacBryde

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1913-1966: Scottish still-life and figure painter and a theatre set designer. He was born in Maybole and worked in a factory for 5 years after leaving school. He studied art at Glasgow School of Art from 1932-1937. There, he met Robert Colquhoun with whom he established a lifelong friendship and collaboration, the pair becoming known as 'the two Roberts'. MacBryde studied and travelled in France & Italy, assisted by scholarships, returning to London in 1939. He shared studio space with Colquhoun, and the pair shared a house with John Minton and, from 1943, Jankel Adler. He held his first one-man show at the Lefevre Gallery in 1943. Influenced by Graham Sutherland and John Piper, MacBryde became a well-known painter of the Modernist school of art, known for his brightly coloured Cubist studies. His later work evolved into a darker, Expressionist range of still lifes and landscapes. In collaboration with Colquhoun, he created several set designs during and after WW2. He died in Dublin in 1966 as a result of a street accident.