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Bridger-Chalker, Jack RWA RBA (1918-2014): Landscape with Stream, signed and dated 1995, oil on board, 31 x 41 cms. Donation.

About the Artist

Jack Bridger-Chalker was a British artist and teacher who became best known for his work recording the lives of the Prisoner of War camp at Burma Railway during World War Two. Chalker would steal paper and other materials to record the torture, malnutrition and suffering endured by the prisoners, and managed to record over one hundred paintings and drawings during his captivity between 1942 and 1945. After returning to England after the war he finished his scholarship at the Royal College of Art in 1946. Chalker went on to become Director of Art at Cheltenham Ladies College and a visiting tutor at Cheltenham School of Printing, before becoming the Principal of Falmouth School of Art in 1950, where he stayed until 1958.