Philip Meninsky- an artist who loved life.
 Philip Meninsky- an artist who loved life. 

Philip Meninsky ; Artist

A brief history of the works and exhibitions of the  artist are detailed below.

 

Born in London of a Jewish Ukranian father "Bernard Meninsky" and Irish mother " Margaret O'Connor"

 

Philips father was also a much admired artist and no doubt this had much influence on  Philips desire to be an "artist".

 

Philip Meninsky was born in London, the younger son of  painter  and  art  teacher  Bernard Meninsky. He was brought  up and educated  in  Hertfordshire.

He left school shortly before the outbreak of World War II and subsequently joined his County Regiment and was sent to the Far East. After the fall of Singapore, Meninsky  was taken  prisoner  and put to work on the Siam-Burma railway, where he met Ronald Searle. During captivity and for about three months afterwards, Meninsky made drawings for the Australian Medical Authorities, many of which were used in the War Criminal trials. A collection of seventy of these  drawings  are  in the Imperial  War  Museum,  and were in the Museum's  exhibiton of P.o.W.  Art in   1978.

After the war, Meninsky settled in Scotland and through William and Mary Armour became associated with Glasgow School of Art, and began to  exhibit  annually  from  1950  in  the  major Scottish  institutions.  (See Exhibition List.)

In 1961, he had his first one-man show in Glasgow  under  the  auspices  of  the  Scottish  Art Council.

In 1965, he moved to Shropshire where he lived for the next four years. He  settled in London  in 1970.

His work is in many private collections in Finland, Spain, Russia, France,  Germany, America, Canada and"B' ritain , including the personal collection of H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh. A group of six pastels recording the Open Air Theatre, Regents Park, before its conversion was on permanent exhibition at the theatre. These were subsequently destroyed by vandals who set fire to the dressing room where they were stored in the Winter  months.  Meninsky  was  commissioned  by  London Weekend T.V. to draw the studies of Francesca Annis as Lillie Langtry in "LILLIE", their award-winning series. In 1982, he co-operated with Tom Conway (B.B.C.2) in a half-hour film for the  series, "Artists at War" which  was  screened in  1983.

In 1981, he began to work with the  "Masque  Dance  Theatre  Group"  and  during  the  next two years  - as well as drawing  the dancers  - he also designed their sets and   costumes.

In 1982 John Field, Artistic Director of London Festival Ballet, having seen some of Meninsky's 'Dancer drawings' invited him to come and work with  the  company.  He  continued  to  do  so  until 1997, by which time they  had changed their  name to English National   Ballet.

In 1991 he was made 'Appointed Artist' to the Company School, teaching  drawing  and art history to the students.

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