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Photo: By Jorge Lewinski, 1995
Frederick John Pym Gore, painter, born 8 November 1913; died 31 August 2009
With the death of the artist Frederick Gore, 95, a link has been lost with the Camden Town school of painting. Gore never knew his father, the painter Spencer Gore, a leading member of the group who died in 1914 only a few months after Frederick's birth in Richmond, Surrey, but he revered his memory and for many years was a guardian of his reputation....
In almost the next breath, however, Gore could denounce Picasso (in his distinctly upper-class voice) as "that dreadful fellow who has ruined all our lives". It was often difficult to know where his allegiances lay. Some of his paintings, especially the landscapes, look like the work of a reborn post-impressionist. Many other canvases depict rock stars such as Ian Dury, whom Gore much admired, or Times Square in New York (painted from a hotel window), and these pictures often have the look of naive or amateur art.
At one time he was much excited by Jackson Pollock, who "liberated me from concern with what kind of painting I did". Gore never imitated Pollock. He simply realized that, like Pollock, he could do as he wished. Although he was not an abstract painter, Gore was a champion of abstraction at a time when, in Britain, non-referential painting was regarded with suspicion. His short but telling book, Abstract Art, (1956), praises a number of contemporary London painters for their abstract work and contains a generous description of Pollock's "action painting".
...He had many unusual friends, a mysterious connection with the Hell's Angels ("a rather elderly chapel, I'm afraid") and until very late in life was a star at any party. This was because of his devotion to Russian folk dancing. Sometimes wearing a top hat, Fred in action was an amazing sight. He said that dancing was as much in his blood as was painting.