Patrick Procktor, RA, RWS, RE (1936-2003) is regarded as one of the outstanding British artists of his generation. He declared himself as the enfant terrible of the 1960’s art world, known as ‘the one who drew Joe Orton in his socks’. He entered the Slade School of Art in 1958 and formed friendships with many of the leading art world figures of his day, such as Cecil Beaton and David Hockney. His first exhibition was at The Redfern Gallery, London in 1963 and the following year he exhibited in his first ‘New Generation’ show at the Whitechapel Gallery. Subsequently, had many shows at The Redfern Gallery, and in Venice, France, Germany, and in Asia. In 1995 he was elected RA. His work is held in many public collections, including The Tate Gallery; Metropolitan Museum of Art New York; Los Angeles County Museum; Contemporary Art Society; Imperial War Museum, London; and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. A book by Ian Massey on the artist titled 'Art and Life' was published in 2010.