56 Group Wales:The Founders

Robert Hunter (1920 - 1996)


Trevor Bates

Robert Hunter was born on 23 May 1920 in Liverpool and was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service in the Second World War. He studied at Liverpool College of Art (1946-50) and at Southampton University before moving to Wales where he was appointed as a lecturer at the art department of Trinity College Carmarthen in 1952. He was to remain there until his retirement

The formation of the 56 Group and the coming together of like-minded artists acted as a spur to Robert Hunter. He was to remain a member of the Group until 1984 when he became an honorary member. His work was, at first, more abstract and then changed when he discovered the Celtic symbolism that would shape his style for the rest of his career.

Robert Hunter served on the Welsh Arts Council and was a judge for the National Eisteddfod of Wales. He took part in many group and solo exhibitions across Britain, the European continent and America. He died on 3 December 1996.

The works of Robert Hunter can be found in the following collections:-

Aberystwyth University; Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, Cardiff; Contemporary Art Society for Wales; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea; Keele University; Steel Company of Wales; Swansea University; other public and private collections in America, Great Britain and Holland.