William Patrick Roberts

(1895 - 1980)
William Patrick Roberts Sarah About 1925 © The Estate of John David Roberts

Biography

Born in London, Roberts studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London from 1910 to 1913. He joined the vorticist group in 1914, painting in a machine-orientated style which verged on abstraction. During the First World War, Roberts served as an Official War Artist for the Canadian War Records Office and at that time he began to adopt a more naturalistic approach in his art. In the 1920s Roberts used distinctive 'tubular' forms in his work, influenced by Fernand Léger. Throughout his life Roberts painted portraits and also produced a number of pictures depicting life in London.

Glossary terms

  • A radical English art movement of the early 20th century led by Percy Wyndham Lewis. Influenced by the Futurists, they favoured urban, industrial subjects and promoted a hard-edged, angular style.