Bulmer, Lionel

Lionel Bulmer (1919 – 1992)

Although very much regarded as a Suffolk artist, Lionel Victor Bulmer was actually born at Wandsworth, London. He studied art firstly at Clapham Art School followed by the Royal College of Art after WW II.

At this time the Royal College was still relocated in Ambleside in the Lake District and it was here he was to meet Margaret Green, his life partner and ultimately wife (m 1991).

The soon to be inseparable couple returned with the RCA to Exhibition Road, Kensington where Lionel was tutored by Ruskin Spear (1911-1990), Carel Weight (1908-1997) and Charles Mahoney (1903-1968).

Using Margaret’s student prize money to fund trips to France and Ireland the couple were for a while based in Chelsea.

In 1952, Lionel exhibited with the New English Art Club at Sunderland and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the couple supported their artistic careers with teaching posts, Lionel at Kingston and Margaret, firstly at Walthamstow and then at the Royal Academy Schools.

In the late 1950's, they moved to Suffolk where they were to finally settle. Particularly fond on Aldeburgh, Walberswick and Southwold Lionel produced many canvases between 1960 and 1990. Lionel died at Lodge Cottage, Buxhall Vale, Stowmarket, in 1992.