Bertram F. E. Eaton
Born 15 April 1912
Active: 1939 - 1975
Country of birth and death: England
Born in Northampton. He worked for a leather manufacturer in the Nene Vallery from the age of twenty-one until his retirement in 1977. By the late 1930s he became interested in modern sculpture and went on to teach himself to carve in wood. During the Second World War he was registered as a conscientious objector.
In the late 1940s Eaton became friends with the sculptor, Robert Adams. He also, with the assistance of his wife, began to make contact with some London galleries. This led to his first one man show at the Galerie Apollinaire, London, in 1950. By this date, Eaton's work was almost completely abstract. He continued to show with the London Group, the short-lived Groupe Espace, the Royal Scottish Academy, and at various London galleries. Eaton also showed regularly at the annual exhibition of the Northampton Town and County Art Society and served as its President between 1968-9.
In 1975 he had his second solo exhibition at the Central Art Gallery, Northampton. A touring exhibition of Eaton’s work was organised son after his death by East Midlands Arts in 1980 which was accompanied by an exhibition catalogue: 'Bertram Eaton. A Northamptonshire Sculptor' by Ian Mayes.
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Citing this record
'Bertram F. E. Eaton', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib6_1207655229, accessed 11 Mar 2014]