Vaux, Marc (24 of 76).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2000-09-13, 2003-02-06, 2003-02-27, 2003-03-27, 2003-06-26, 2003-10-15, 2003-11-05

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    Interviewee's studio, London

  • Interviewees

    Vaux, Marc, 1932- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)

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    Part 24: Tape 13: Side A: Marc Vaux [MV] continues discussion of time in the Royal Air Force [RAF]; remarks on being in the scouts as a child; on learning Morse code and being a signalman – stationed in Calne; on being stationed in Germany and going to German museums – didn’t like German painting; mentions going to Ashmolean Museum; mentions Aunt Dorothy in Oxford who taught MV chess; remarks on works MV liked in the Ashmolean – Raphael drawings; overall, MV unchanged by National Service time in RAF. MV discusses going to Swindon Art School after RAF; remarks on his parents paying for his brother to attend Swindon but MV got a grant; describes the campus at Swindon and the town; MV had mostly figurative drawings in his portfolio from his time in the National Service; inspired by Miro; comments on his first year at Swindon – the “Pre-Diploma year”; on studying art history, classical orders and drawing from live models. MV comments on changes to his studio since last interview date (more than six months has passed); on sub-letting part of his studio and letting Edwina Leapman use part for storage; discussion of other financial aspects of renting part of his studio. MV comments on work he did for ‘Space’; mentions ‘Space’ inventors Basil Beattie, Peter Sedgley and Bridget Riley; MV describes the birth of ‘Space’ and its purpose; mentions use of Marshalsea Prison as a painting space; mentions other members of ‘Space’ movement - Peter Morrell, Bert Hogan. Comments on studio MV shared with Bill Turnbull; then on studio in Tottenham. Comments on buying house with wife, Tess, in Camden Square.

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