[Walter] Claude Flight

[Walter] Claude Flight
Birth and death
1881 - 1955
Profession details
Linocut Artist
Related place
Alistair Grant

(Walter) Claude Flight (1881-1955), linocut artist. Flight was born in Walton-on-Thames. He saw the work of F. T. Marinetti and the Italian futurists in London in 1912, and was inspired by the machine-age aesthetic. His geometric oil paintings and watercolours were included in the Seven & Five Society Exhibitions from 1922-1928. But his art historical importance rests on his colour linocuts, which he saw as the modern medium for the modern age. He sought to capture the rush of modern life using linocuts, because they had 'no tradition of technique'. His book 'Linocuts: A handbook of linoleum-cut colour printing' of 1927 was the first monograph on the subject and became the oracle on the subject for artists and teachers. In 1929 Flight organised the first exhibition devoted exclusively to the linocut in Britain at the Redfern Gallery in London. This led to a series of annual exhibitions at the Redfern, and later at the Ward Gallery, until 1937. Flight also introduced the linocut to international audiences through touring exhibitions arranged by the Redfern to the USA (1929 and 1934), China (1931), Australia (1932 and 1937), and Canada (1935-6). The British Museum and V&A hold many of Flight's linocut prints.

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