Eric Slater was an artist who produced more than 30 colour woodcuts
between 1926 and the outbreak of the Second World War. Many depict
scenes near his home in Seaford, East Sussex, where he lived for most of
his adult life.
A frail, only child, Eric Slater was born in 1896 and spent his early
years with his parents, grandmother and two servants in a large house in
Hampstead, London. His father, Thomas, a successful silversmith and
partner in the firm Aldwinkle and Slater, died when Eric was eight.
Eric moved with his mother and grandmother to Sussex where he studied
at The Hastings School of Art. He was probably taught how to make
woodcuts by a neighbour called Arthur Rigden Read (1879-1955) who had been
to Japan to study oriental woodcut techniques used by European printmakers
from the 1890s.
|Coastguard Station, Eric Slater