Although the only parties to pick up on his prolificacy were a Manchester Guardian critic and a publication in America, self-taught artist Roy Anderson hit peak productivity during the 1960s, having served as a soldier and become a committed Socialist at the end of the 1940s.
The Exeter-based artist’s work has remained private for 40 years. But he sees this display of his Expressionist-style painting in Pallant – “to even get on the premises of the gallery is a great compliment to me” – as a last chance to elucidate his ideology and life experience. “I want to show what I am,” he concludes.
Anderson was also influenced by Cubism and Post-Impressionism during his most intensive creative years, creating political posters and reflecting on some of the cartoons made during his time in the army.
“I paint what I feel, rather than what I see,” he says, pointing to Maurice Utrillo, Francisco Goya