Gertrude Hermes

Gertrude Hermes

Born: Bromley, UK, 1901

Died: Bristol, UK, 1983

Nationality: British

Stonehenge, 1947, Gertrude Hermeslinocut on paper, 1993.01.01

Gertrude Anna Bertha Hermes was an English wood engraver, printmaker and sculptor. In 1921 she attended the Beckenham School of Art and in 1922 entrolled at Leon Underwood's Brook Green School of Painting and Sculpture where other students included Eileen Agar, Raymond Coxon, Henry moore and Blair Hughes-Stanton whom she married in 1926, they separated in 1921 and were divorced in 1933.

Hermes exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy from 1934, and showed at the Venice International Exhibition in 1939. In 1937 Hermes produced a commission for the British Pavillion at the Paris World Fair.

She worked in Canada from 1940-1945. She taught wood engraving and linocutting at Central School of Art in London (now Central St. Martins) late forties to early fifties. She also took a drawing class to London Zoo. She taught wood and lino block printing at the Royal Academy Schools from 1966. She was elected Associate of the Royal Academy in 1963, a full Royal Academician in 1971 and was appointed an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1981.

Her work is in many public collections including the Tate and the National Portrait Gallery. Her work was also in private collections included a c1926 bronze "Swallow" door knocker in the collection of the late David Bowie.