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Artist - R B Kitaj

R B Kitaj (also known by the name Ronald Brooks Kitaj), born 1932 in Cleveland, Ohio. Designed posters for London Transport 1992 , Royal College of Art 1959-1961

  • Educated; Cooper Union, New York; 1950-1951
  • Educated; Vienna; 1951-1952
  • Educated; Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford; 1953-1959


R B Kitaj moved to England in the 1950s, after serving with the US Army. He studied along side David Hockney and quickly became an established artist. Broad cultural interests, particularly his own Jewish heritage, had a significant impact on his early work. In opposition to international modernisms of the 20th Century, Kitaj worked in a figurative style. In 1976, he curated the influential exhibition ‘The Human Clay’. In the catalogue he proposed the idea of a ‘School of London’. This classified a group of painters sharing his preference for figuration, including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach. Kitaj has since lectured and exhibited widely in the UK and America.

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