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El Cid. 1970s
Artist in paint and mixed media and art critic. Born in Cork, Ireland, as Peter Sheldon-Williams. He came from a long line of painters. As a critic for the International Herald Tribune and as a broadcaster he wrote as Sheldon Williams (omitting the hyphen). He hated his English public school, regarded himself as an outsider and through Eric Gill’s recommendation studied with John Skeaping at Central School of Arts and Crafts, 1935-6; and at the Académie Julian, Paris, 1936; École des Beaux-Arts, Epinal. Showed extensively in mixed exhibitions, including Wertheim Gallery, Leicester Galleries, Kaplan and Brook Street Galleries. One-man shows included Galerie Zak, Paris, 1936; Wertheim Gallery, 1937; Chiltern Gallery, from 1958; International Arts Festival, Harlow, 1965. Retrospectives at Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh, and Belgrave Gallery, London, 1995. Several museums in continental Europe and America hold his work. As a critic he was cosmopolitan, interested in contemporary art of Australia, Brazil and central Europe; his book 'Voodoo and The Art of Haiti' is a key work. Lived in London.