Glynn Boyd Harte (1948-2003)
Glynn Boyd Harte was born in Lancashire in 1948 and graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1973. He had over twenty one-man shows of drawings, prints and watercolours in London (at both The New Academy Gallery and Curwen Gallery), Paris and New York. He wrote and illustrated two books – ‘Glynn Boyd Harte's Venice’ and ‘Mr. Harte's Holiday’ - the latter being about the north coast of France where he had a house and studio. He travelled extensively, from St. Petersburg to San Francisco, with frequent stays painting in Paris. More recently, Glynn completed a commission to record in watercolour the progressive stages of the construction of the new Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. His work was then displayed in the finished building.
Glynn performed in cabaret with fellow artist Ian Archibald Beck and they collaborated on several pantomimes performed at the Art Worker's Guild - of which he was master in 1995. One of his songs from his musical about the life of Edward Lear was chosen by his old tutor, Paul Hogarth, and played on Desert Island Discs. Glynn divided his time between his homes in Fitzrovia, London and Normandy, France.
Sadly, Glynn died on 16 December 2003. He had been a great friend of Curwen Gallery (and also of Curwen Studio) for many years as both a person and as an artist. He was, as his art reflects, always lively, colourful and fun to have around, with a seemingly never-ending stream of fabulous anecdotes for any occasion. We miss him very much. Obituaries covering his life and work appeared in The Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, Der Spiegel (in Germany) and on BBC Radio 5. To read the Guardian obituary, please click here.