Griffiths, former Gordonstoun head boy, was a model and the lead singer with a psychedelic folk band of little note called Noah and the Quince. A swaggering, Jaggerish young man, he had Procktor smitten. For two years Procktor painted only Gervase, and when he was offered a one-man exhibition at the Nordness Gallery in New York in 1968, the whole show was devoted to this new muse. It was not a critical success, and when Procktor returned to London, Gervase travelled to Haiti with Patrik Steede, a friend of Derek Jarman with an interest in voodoo.
Patrick Procktor was born in Dublin, the younger son of an oil company accountant, but moved to London when his father died in 1940. From the age of 10, he attended Highgate School – where his teachers included landscape painter Kyffin Williams – intending to read classics at university. However, his mother's income was insufficient to fund his further education and after a period working with a north London builders' merchants 18-year-old Procktor was conscripted into the Royal Navy where, during his National Service, he learned to speak Russian.
Patrick Procktor & Gervase Griffiths by Cecil Beaton
Patrick Procktor was a prominent English artist of the late 20th century. He was too tall- well over 6ft- to be an exquisite, but flamboyant he certainly was. He dressed exotically and flaunted his homosexual preferences; this was to the detriment of his sales from at least one exhibition, in 1968 in New York, which he devoted to paintings of his lover at the time, Gervase Griffiths. It was a one-man show which Procktor insisted on calling a one-boy show. Procktor died in 2003, aged 67.
Patrick Procktor, Charles Newington on Zattere, Galerie Biedermann
There was a time when Patrick Procktor was as famous as David Hockney. 'You couldn't really mention one without the other. It was like Castor and Pollux. They were the dandy twins of the art world,' explains John McEwen in his book, Patrick Procktor: Art and Life, by Ian Massey. The artists met when they were still at art school: 'We started talking, and we just became friends quickly,' says Hockney. We simply had a lot of interests in common – painting, literature, and being gay, then.'
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