© the artist's estate. Photo credit: National Coal Mining Museum for England
Miners in Blue*
Dorothie Field (1915–1994)
National Coal Mining Museum for England
Painter, draughtsman, art promoter and teacher, born in London, who sometimes signed work Dorothie Langridge. She studied at Highbury Hill School (with Nan Youngman), 1927–31; Chelsea School of Art (teachers including Henry Moore), 1931–2; Nottingham School of Art, 1933–6; and Birmingham University, for a social services diploma, 1941–2. Despite two marriages and having children, she continued to paint, in a variety of styles.
Field was a full-time artists’ consultant and freelance exhibitions organiser from 1964, founding the Gallery 359 and Field Galleries. Coal mining, war and peace, the origins of life and death and environmental problems were key themes, pursued over long periods. She was represented in group shows organised by the Arts Council, SEA, AIA and Pictures for Schools. Had numerous solo shows, starting with Wertheim Gallery, 1937, with a retrospective at Nottingham University, 1990; and exhibitions at Manor House, Ilkley, 1992; Usher Gallery, Lincoln, 1994; and Rufford Craft Centre, 1995. Bradford University and other public collections hold examples.
Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)