Olga Lehman Self Portrait
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated 1937
Olga Lehmann was an artist and designer whose career stretched from the 30’s to the 80’s. Born in Chile in 1912, to a French father and a Scottish mother, at the age of 16 Olga won a scholarship to the Slade. She won prizes for Life Painting, Composition and Theatrical Design. During the 1930s she gained a reputation for murals and portraiture, exhibiting her work at the Royal Portrait Society and with the London Group. She was also represented at the Whitechapel Gallery’s exhibition “Mural and Decorative Painting” in 1935 and at the Tate Gallery’s Mural Painting in Great Britain’ in 1939. During the blitz her studio in Hampstead was hit and much of her early work destroyed. After the war she became famous for graphic design working with the film, television, publishing and record industry.
Her work is represented in many collections including: Victoria and Albert Museum, Imperial War Museum, The British Film Institute, War Artists’Commission.
She exhibited widely including mixed shows at the Wright-Hepburn Gallery in New York, The National Theatre London, Heals’ Mansard Gallery and her solo exhibitions include St Catherine’s College Cambridge, Heffer Gallery, Cambridge and Canning House London 1952
See Guardian Obituary 6th Dec. 2001 ‘Her youthful vivacity never left her, and her diminutive prettiness, vivid red lipstick and red painted fingernails retained the authentic note of the bohemian London of her youth.”
Presented in original matt painted frame
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Overall size 58 x 47.5 cms
Canvas 46x36 cms