London-born John Bratby was one of the leading figures of the 'Kitchen Sink School' whose aim was to record on canvas the monotony of working-class life. He trained at Kingston School of Art, 1948 to 49 and the Royal College of Art, 1951 to 54. His work is distinguished by the use of bright colour and thickly applied paint. In the 1970s, Bratby created a Hall of Fame - a series of portraits of British celebrities. Bratby was also a novelist and teacher.