|Born||8 November 1913|
|Died||31 August 2009|
|Training||Slade, Westminster School of Art|
Gore was born into the world of art; his mother, Mary Joanna (Molly) Kerr, was a dancer from Edinburgh, and his father, Spencer Frederick Gore, a painter, President of the Camden Town Group until his early death in March 1914.
As a young man Gore’s ambition was to be a philosopher, but as a student at Trinity College, Oxford (following in the steps of his great uncle Bishop Charles Gore), he soon found that his real passion was for drawing and painting at the Ruskin School of Art which he attended almost daily.
Leaving Oxford, and arriving in London, Gore trained at the Slade under Henry Tonks and at the Westminster School of Art with Mark Gertler and Polunin from whom he learnt the flat-on-the-floor method of painting backdrops for the theatre: most useful later on when as an active member of the Balalaika Dance Group as dancer and organiser of events, he enhanced their productions with his professional expertise. He wrote a very successful folk ballet.
Pre-World War II, his career took off when a Greek patron saw his work and asked him to spend a year travelling and painting in Greece. Visits and extended sojourns to France followed, and an exhibition at Gallery Borghese in Paris in 1938 when Vauxelles called him the English fauve. Soon after, however, he was forced to leave and return to the UK.
In 1946, he began teaching at Saint Martin's School of Art, where he was Head of Painting from 1951 until 1979. In 1961 he was appointed Vice-Principal of Saint Martin's until he retired from the post in 1979. His students and colleagues there included many of the most accomplished artists of the twentieth century who continue to acknowledge the encouragement they received from Gore.
Summer months for many years were spent painting outside: on the Greek islands of Paros (1950s) and later on Aegina. Then during the 1960s, the rich hinterland of Majorca, followed by the brilliantly-lit landscapes of Provence.
He exhibited at the Redfern Gallery until they took to abstract art, the Juster Gallery (NY), Fosse, Lavenham, Richmond Hill Gallery - always keeping his independence to exhibit wherever he so wanted.
In 1980, Gore visited the US for the first time to deliver a dissertation at the Yale Center for British Art, Newhaven, Connecticut. Staying en route in New York he was so exhilarated by its exciting light and ambience that since then he has visited almost yearly. He has made an important contribution as a figurative painter with an enormous experience of paint, composition and colour to show the vitality of the US, when American artists had mostly turned to abstraction and were exploring painterly possibilities in a different direction. Gore was made CBE in 1987.
His last solo exhibition was at the Richmond Hill Gallery, London (January 2009).
His published books include "Abstract Art", "Painting: Some Basic Principles" and "The Baptism, Piero della Francesca"; he is also the author of an unpublished translation of poems by Baudelaire.
- Arts Council of Great Britain
- British Council
- The Government Art Collection
- London Transport Museum
- The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
- The Gallery, Canada;
- War paint: art, war, state and identity in Britain, 1939-1945, Issue 8846 By Brian Foss (Page 16)
- The International Who's Who 2004 by Elizabeth Sleeman, Routledge, 2003 ISBN 1-85743-217-7, ISBN 978-1-85743-217-6 (Page 632)
- Methuen & Co Ltd, 1961
- London, Studio Vista; New York, Reinhold Pub. Corp., 1965.
- London, Cassell, 1969. ISBN 0-304-93279-5, ISBN 978-0-304-93279-5
-  The Government Art Collection
-  Southampton City Art Gallery
-  The Bridgeman Art Library
-  Fosse Gallery
-  War paint: art, war, state and identity in Britain, 1939–1945, Issue 8846 By Brian Foss (Page 16) on Google Books
-  - The Times obituary
- Frederick Gore - Daily Telegraph obituary
-  - Guardian obituary