Collection of A. E. Halliwell
Note: Painter and interior designer, born in London, where he died. From a working-class background, Hull studied architectural design before World War II, during which he served in the Army, 1939–46, eventually becoming a toymaker and scenery designer. His first paintings were Surrealistic, but this changed to a Constructionist style using pure colour and basic geometrical shapes. With the help of Herbert Read Hull had his first exhibition in the Brook Street Gallery in 1949, then his reputation as a member of the avant-garde grew as he showed at Gimpel Fils and painted his mural The Story of Coal for the Festival of Britain’s Dome of Discovery in 1951. Began to show in Paris and New York, but economic pressures spurred him to enter and win a competition to design the interior of the Daily Mirror building, and he worked for the IPC publishing conglomerate until 1970.
A rare early work by the artist.