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 Adrian George Feint  (1894 - 1971)

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Lived/Active: Australia      Known for: bookplate maker, painter, camouflage artist, printmaker

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Please note: Artists not classified as American in our database may have limited biographical data compared to the extensive information about American artists.

Adrian Feint (28 June 1894 – 25 April 1971) was an Australian artist born in Narrandera, NSW and worked in various media but is noted for his bookplate designs.

He studied at Sydney Art School from 1911 under Julian Ashton and Elioth Gruner then enlisted with the Australian Imperial Forces in 1916 and was sent to France with the 15th Field Ambulance. Before being demobbed in 1919, he was granted three months leave to study at the Académie Julien in Paris. He studied plate etching 1922–26, woodblock-engraving 1926–28 with assistance of from Thea Proctor in 1927 and oil painting from 1938 with Margaret Preston.

He was elected to the Society of Artists, and he was a member of the Australian Painter-Etchers Society. He was co-director (with bookbinder Wal Taylor) and manager of Grosvenor Gallery, Sydney, from 1924–28. Exhibitors included the now-famous Thea Proctor, Elioth Gruner, Margaret Preston, Roland Wakelin, Roy de Maistre and G W Lambert.

He was employed as assistant editor (to Sydney Ure Smith) of Art in Australia from 1928–40, contributing many cover illustrations to this and Ure Smith's 'lifestyle' magazine Home and filled many commissions for his advertising agency Smith and Julius.

He abandoned graphic arts around 1939 (he reworked one bookplate in 1944) to work as a bookbinder with Benjamin Waite and to illustrate limited edition books. After WWII he took up flower painting in watercolours then oil-painting, but without critical acclaim in this last medium.

But it is his bookplates which are his greatest legacy. Thea Proctor, Dorothea Mackellar, Ethel Turner, Ethel Curlewis, John Mullins, Frank Clune, Peter Tansey and the Duke and Duchess of York were among those who commissioned personal ex libris plates.

In 1930 his bookplate designs were recognised by an exhibition at the Division of Fine Arts, Library of Congress, Washington US (organised by American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers), and in 1933 were highlights of the first International Exhibition of Bookplates held in Sydney. They are prized by collectors such as members of the American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers and the New Australian Bookplate Collectors Society.

According to the checklist compiled by Thelma Clune, he produced 221 commissioned bookplates. Apart from Norman Lindsay, the only other Australian artist whose bookplates command anywhere the same interest is G D Perrottet.

Adrian Feint, Wikipedia, // (Accessed 5/17/2013)

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