Bernard Cheese

1925 - 2013

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Bernard Cheese was a renowned English painter and printmaker who was born on 20 January 1925 in Sydenham, London. He initially studied at Beckenham School of Art before joining the Royal College of Art in London in 1947. Cheese studied alongside other notable artists such as Walter Hoyle and Sheila Robinson, and his teachers included Edward Bawden and Edwin La Dell.

Cheese gained recognition for his work after painting a mural on the Shot Tower for the 1951 Festival of Britain. He was also involved in La Dell's 'Coronation Suite' in 1953, which further helped to launch his career. Cheese taught printmaking at St Martin's School of Art from 1950 to 1968 and at Goldsmiths College from 1970 to 1978. He also taught at the Central School of Art and Design from 1980 to 1989.