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Eric Slater
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The Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, p. 463 Slater, Eric Exhibited 1928-1937 Colour woodcut artist. Winchelsea, Sussex 1928; Seaford, Sussex 1929. Exhibited five works at the Beaux Arts Gallery; 12 at the Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts; 4 at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Eric Slater was a colour woodcut artist who had an international reputation in the 1920s and 1930s. The son of a silversmith, he was born in Hampstead, London. When he was eight, his father died and he moved with his mother to East Sussex, first to Bexhill-on-Sea, then to Winchelsea, and finally, in 1929, to Seaford.He attended the Hastings School of Art. Notable for their beautifully observed skies, many of Slater's prints are inspired by the South Downs and the coastline near his home. His printmaking was revered during his relatively short career, and much admired by Campbell Dodgson, then Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum. Slater was a member of the Society of Graver Printers in Colour and the Society of Print Makers of California. His work was exhibited in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Austria and South Africa, but he stopped making woodcuts soon after the death of his mother in 1938. By the time Slater died in 1963, he had sunk into obscurity. With no close surviving relatives, he was buried in a shared grave in Seaford. An exhibition of his landscapes was held at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne, East Sussex, from May to November 2012 - the first public display of his work for 70 years. 2013 will be the 50th anniversary of his death. Slater's prints are held by the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, and can also be found in national museums in Canada and New Zealand. The Towner exhibition helped revive interest in his work and the output of other British artists who used Japanese techniques to make colour woodcuts - a printing method introduced to the UK by Frank Morley Fletcher (1866-1949) in the 1890s.