Robert Sadler 1909 – 2001
Robert Sadler spent the later years of his life in Aldeburgh, Suffolk where he moved in the early 1960's and built a new Studio at 39 The Terrace where he lived till his death in August, 2001. While he lived there he showed at many of the local galleries and festivals including Reades Gallery, Aldeburgh (1976), which is where the work we currently have on offer was first shown. In fact the work "Girl at table" still has the gallery label verso which includes the title and artists address.
Sadler did also show internationally at Tryon Gallery, North Carolina, USA (1979), and the EU Parliament, Strasbourg (1985/6), as well as New English Art Club (1986), Saxmundham Music and Arts (1994), Aldeburgh 100 (1995), The Red Studio, Aldeburgh (1996). Salder had an Annual Studio Exhibition almost every year between 1965 and 2001 and since his death Sadler’s works have been exhibited at various galleries throughout Suffolk.
Robert Sadler was born in Newmarket, Suffolk, the son of a racehorse trainer. By the age of fourteen he was drawing and painting aeroplanes, horses, houses and landscapes. After studying at Eastbourne College and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge he joined the Royal Air Force in 1930 as a pilot from Cambridge University Air Squadron. At the end of the war he returned to the UK and took up the post of Station Commander at RAF Binbrook in Lincolnshire. In 1947 he moved to Denmark as Air Attache to the British Embassy in Copenhagen where he attended art school and two years later, whilst Vice-President of the RAF Officers’ Selection Board, set-up a studio in Stockbridge whilst attending art school in Winchester. In 1953 he moved to the USA to take up the post as representative on the NATO Joint Chiefs of Staff Intelligence Committee during which period he attended the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC where he first encountered the work of the American Abstract Expressionists. Returning to the U.K. in 1955 he moved back to Newmarket, having retired from the RAF ‘to devote the rest of my life to painting’. He attended Heatherley’s School of Fine Art in London, Cambridge Technical College and became a member of the Winchester Art Society and the Cambridge Society of Painters & Sculptors. So he was an enterprising chap who was able to further his artistic training while travelling the world with the RAF and we say " Good work Mr Sadler, well done"
Robert Sadler painted in a largely abstract expressionist style influenced by de Stael and by the contemporary British work of Peter Lanyon, William Scott, Bryan Wynter and Adrian Heath. Robert Sadlers work has in recent years become increasingly popular and this particular piece that we have on offer at Blondes Fine Art is very nice indeed and would look good in any home .