"Knapweed and Mallow, Beachy Head" is rare among Jeffery Camp's paintings in having no human presence. In many of his other views of Beachy Head, the famous cliffs on the south coast of England act as a backdrop to some kind of human drama. The unusual format of this painting emphasises the verticality of the scene and the height of the cliffs. Beachy Head made a strong impression on Jeffery Camp, who had previously only painted the flat landscape of East Anglia. Camp was born in Suffolk and studied in Lowestoft, Ipswich and Edinburgh.
Jeffery Camp was born in Suffolk. He studied at Lowestoft School of Art, Ipswich School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art between 1941 and 1944. In 1961 he became a member of the London Group of artists. He has held numerous solo exhibitions since 1959 at the Beaux Arts Gallery in London, and elsewhere. He has also taught at the Slade School of Art in London.
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