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Gladys Hynes (1888-1958)

Biography Painter and sculptor, born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India to an Irish Catholic family with Republican sympathies. She moved to London at the age of three, and later studied at the London School of Art in Earl’s Court under Frank Brangwyn. Between 1906-07 her family moved to Penzance, where she studied at the Stanhope Forbes School of Painting at Newlyn. She left Cornwall in 1919 and spent the rest of her life in Hampstead, London. Her work was influenced by Italian Renaissance art, Vorticism and later on Surrealism. Gladys Hynes was involved in Roger Fry’s Omega Workshops, and exhibited at the RA, LG, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, ISSPG and Paris Salon and her work can be seen at the St. Hilary Church in Cornwall where with other Newlyn Artists, she painted the choir stalls. The RAF Museum, Hendon hold an oil painting by Gladys Hynes whose work was exhibited in a group exhibition of 1972 at Hartnoll & Eyre Ltd. Gladys Hynes was painted by many of her contemporaries including Harold Knight and Cedric Morris. She was a involved throughout her life as a militant in the struggle for Irish independence, and a campaigner for Women’s rights.

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