Biographical details.


Herbert Thomas Kitchen.

Born Liverpool, 24 April 1940.

The only child of Eva and Herbert Kitchen.

1942 – WW11. Father, Herbert Kitchen killed 15th January when his ship the SS. Coimbra was torpedoed off Long Island, U.S.A.

In 1944 Mother re-married and in 1945 family moved to Rochdale, Lancashire.


1945-1951 First Junior school – St. Albans.

1951 – 1956 Rochdale Grammar School for Boys.

1956 – 1958 Rochdale School of Art.

1958 – 1961 Central School of Arts and Crafts.

1960 – Married Muriel Chown.

1961 -1964 Part-time Lecturer Central School of Arts andCrafts.

1961 – 1991 Part-Time Lecturer Sir John Cass College Whitechapel, London.

Lives and works in London.



Textile Designs for Edinburgh Weavers.
Animation Films for B.B.C. & London Weekend Television.
Background Paintings for Feature and T.V. Films.
Illustrations for various Publishers.
Illustrator for Christopher Logue’s ‘True Stories’, Private Eye, 1969-1991.
Art-work for various Advertising Agencies.

1961  Mixed Show of Paintings                               Beaux Arts Gallery – London
1962  ‘Group 13’                                                           Congress Ho˘use – London
1963  Two-man Show                                              St. Martins Gallery – London
1966  ‘Fantasy and Figuration’               Institute of Contemporary Art – London
1969  ‘Young & Fantastic                  I.C.A. Gallery London/New York/Toronto
1971  ‘Der Geist des Surrealism                                Baukunst Gallery – Cologne
1973  One-Man Show                                                     Archer Gallery – London
1973  ‘Kunstler aus England’                                    Baukunst Gallery – Cologne
1974  ‘New Image in Painting’                                          First Biennale – Tokyo
1974  ‘Zehn Jahr Baukunst                                        Baukunst Gallery – Cologne
1975  Arts Festival                                                               Portsmouth – England
1976  ‘Deck of Cards                                                        J.P.L. Gallery ˘- London
1978  ‘Fantasy & Imagination Synonyms’                      Artists Market – London
1978  ‘A Print is Born’                                    Commonwealth Institute – London
1978  ‘Surrealism Unlimited’                                Camden Arts Centre – London
1979  One-Man Show                                                       J.P.L. Gallery – London
1991  One-Man Retrospective             Smith’s Gallery/Covent Garden – London
1995  One Man Show                                               Hyde Park Gallery – London
2007  One Man Show                              The Millinery Works Gallery – London

1969                                          Chicago & Illinois Cassandra Foundation Award
1975                        Commissioned Print for the Department of the Environment

Paintings in the collection of Sir Roland Penrose and many other private collections in England,
Germany’ Japan, Canada and the U.S.A.

All paintings are Oil on Board except no.3 1964 – Tempera.