John R. Skeaping(British, 1901-1980)
Skeaping began his formal artistic training at age 13 and was successful from an early age. This individualistic artist also served as an intelligence officer, traveled extensively, and taught art, finally settling in the Camargue in France. His work is dynamic and experimental, exploring many media: oil, gouache, pastel, wood, and bronze, with subjects ranging from racing scenes to horse portraits to architectural sculptures. His range and skill made him one of the great artists of the 20th century.