Eric Malthouse

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
£2800

St Ives, walking on the rocks
Mixed media
19 x 20 cm
£950

Eric Malthouse
Man and Pigeons
Mixed media 1955
20 x 15 cm
£750



Pigeons
Mixed media
45 x 35 cm
£950

Vertical Bands and Cryptic Signs
Oil on canvas 1986
78 x 78 cms
£2500

Step Off Again
Oil on canvas 1966
125 x 100 cm
£3200



Eric Malthouse
Men boy and pigeons
Charcoal 1954
24 x 18 cm
£500

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

Aspidistra
Watercolour 1971
32 x 25 cm
sold



Midsummer 1967
Lithograph
Ltd edition
70 x 50 cm
sold

Untitled
Untitled
Watercolour 1967
sold

Steelworks II
Watercolour and crayon 1953
52 x 37 cm
sold



Eric Malthouse
St Ives Sorting Fish
Watercolour and ink 1956
17 x 36 cm
£1250

Cardiff Steelworks III
Watercolour and crayon 1953
51 x 38 cm
£1050

Sorting Fish
Ltd signed signed 1957 lithograph
53 x 43 cm
sold



Eric Malthouse
Men and pigeons
Mixed media
19 x 27 cm
£900

Eggs and teapot
Oil c1938
55 x 37 cm
£2950

Untitled
Gouache on paper



Down, around and about
Oil 1984
90 x 90 cm
£2500

Apples and jug
Oil c 1938
35 x 47 cm
£2950

With red and amber
Mixed media
sold



Elegy for fun
Oil on canvas
75 x 75 cm
sold

Bagatelles - Insignia
Mixed media 1980
12 x 12 cm
sold

Cosmeston Lake
Mixed media 1990
46 x 28 cm
£700



Man and pigeons
Pen and ink c 1955
13 x 20 cm
£295

Corner missing
Oil 1968
25 x 25 cm
£695

Midsummer Solstice
Oil
91 x 91 cm
sold


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