Eric Malthouse 1914 - 1997

Eric Malthouse was the Art Master at Salt High Schools at Saltaire, Shipley, Yorkshire (1938-39) before spending two years in the Royal Armoured Corps (1940-42). He was appointed Lecturer and later Senior Lecturer at Cardiff College of Art (1944-73) and was a founder member of the "South Wales Group" (1949) and of the "56 Group Wales" (1956-70).
His important early work was Surrealist and his connection with Cornwall dates from the outbreak of the second world war in 1939 when he was producing landscapes around Mullion Cove. In 1952 he produced his pigeon paintings. It was not until 1955 when he was back in Cornwall that he began, after a series of 'St. Ives Fishermen', paintings, the St. Ives 'Rock Pools' which were the foundation of his work as a non-figurative painter. These 'Rock Pool' paintings, together with the earlier series of paintings of the 'Flight of Pigeons', were concerned with a close analysis of colour and a rigorous concern with spatial composition. In 1959 his paintings became completely non-figurative. He had been involved in printmaking since his student days and this became an increasingly important component of his work in Llandaff up to 1963 and subsequently in Penarth . In 1973 he moved to Cargreen in Cornwall where he continued his work with non-figurative oils and prints. In 1981 he moved to Keynsham. His wife Anne died in 1982 and in 1985 he moved back to Barry in South Wales. There he began a series of watercolours of scenes around Barry which he continued until he died in 1997.
Noteable work at the gallery include the Façade series (1969), screen prints made after his designs for John Dankworth's performance of Sir William Walton's music based on Edith Sitwell's poems of the same title, and the nine screen prints comprising Prynu Dol (1970) inspired by the writings of Kate Roberts.

Public Collections: National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth; University College, Aberystwyth; National Museum of Wales, Cardiff; Welsh Arts Council; University College, Cardiff; Trinity College, Carmarthen; Contemporary Art Society for Wales; Tate Gallery; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

Bagatelle Mutations, Four (1980)
Oil on canvas
90 x 90 cm

St Ives, walking on the rocks
Mixed media
19 x 20 cm

Man and Pigeons
Mixed media 1955
20 x 15 cm

Mixed media
45 x 35 cm

Vertical Bands and Cryptic Signs
Oil on canvas 1986
78 x 78 cms

Step Off Again
Oil on canvas 1966
125 x 100 cm

Men, boy and Pigeons
Charcoal 1954
24 x 18 cm

Eric Malthouse
Yellow Rock Pool St Ives
Oil 1955
70 x 75 cm

Watercolour 1971
32 x 25 cm

Midsummer 1967
Ltd edition
70 x 50 cm

Watercolour 1967

Steelworks II
Watercolour and crayon 1953
52 x 37 cm

Eric Malthouse
St Ives Sorting Fish
Watercolour and ink 1956
17 x 36 cm

Cardiff Steelworks III
Watercolour and crayon 1953
51 x 38 cm

Sorting Fish
Ltd signed signed 1957 lithograph
53 x 43 cm

Eric Malthouse
Men and pigeons
Mixed media
19 x 27 cm

Eggs and teapot
Oil c1938
55 x 37 cm

Gouache on paper

Down, around and about
Oil 1984
90 x 90 cm

Apples and jug
Oil c 1938
35 x 47 cm

With red and amber
Mixed media

Elegy for fun
Oil on canvas
75 x 75 cm

Bagatelles - Insignia
Mixed media 1980
12 x 12 cm

Cosmeston Lake
Mixed media 1990
46 x 28 cm

Man and pigeons
Pen and ink c 1955
13 x 20 cm

Corner missing
Oil 1968
25 x 25 cm

Midsummer Solstice
91 x 91 cm

Where the wind blows red
Gouache 1965
30 x 30 cm

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