Donald Pass was born in Congleton, Cheshire in 1930. In 1969 he experienced a profound mystical experience in an English churchyard and his art changed from that moment.
Pass attended the King’s School in Macclesfield following which he studied at Stoke-on-Trent College of Art from 1947 until 1951. From there he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Art in London and studied under Henry Rushbury, William Dring and Gilbert Spencer.
From 1957 until 1969 Pass variously taught at Liverpool, Manchester, Carlisle and Birmingham Colleges of Art, during which period he was a highly regarded painter of abstracts, describing his own work as ‘concerned with landscape in a semi-figurative way’. During this period he participated in numerous mixed shows and a series of one-man exhibitions at the Drian Gallery from 1957 onwards, and a solo show at The New Art Centre in 1962.
Donald Pass died in Oxfordshire in 2011.
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