Eric Finlay was a student at the Slade School of Art from 1953 to 1957. Subsequently he studied for a year at the University of Fine Arts in Berlin. On his return he taught initially in the Graphics department at the Slade, and then in the Lithographic department of Chelsea School of Art, from 1959 to 1981.

He was awarded the Boise Scholarship.

Finlay worked in Porthleven during the period of the Summer Painting School administered by Michael CANNEY, and the Porthleven Group's exhibition at the Porthleven Gallery, an old china-clay warehouse on the quayside (c1965-6).

His exhibiting history began in the 1950s, continuing until the early 1990s. His work was shown not only in Cornwall and London, but further afield in Paris and Tokyo. His work is held in several public and private collections.

In July 2018 Eric Finlay's daughter held an exhibition of nine of his paintings from the Sixties, at Stanley Halls in South Norwood, London SE25.


Painting, printmaking

works and access

V & A; British Council; University College London; University of East Anglia; Boston Museum of Fine Arts


1962; 1963: Newlyn Art Gallery