Early, Tom (1914-1967)
Originally working as a medical doctor, Early was spotted as a promising talent by Ben Nicholson in 1946. Befriended by sculptor Denis Mitchell, Early began to show his work alongside Mitchell’s. Early had been described as a ‘primitive painter’ with rich colourful application. In 1952 he returned to medicine full time, becoming registrar of the Derby Mental Hospital. With the Derby Group, he exhibited at the Derby Art Gallery in 1961. He had his first solo show at the Midland Group Gallery in 1965, before dying in 1967. In 1994 his wife, Eunice Campbell Early, published his biography ‘The Magic Shuttle- The life story of Tom Early: St Ives and after’.