​Gordon Snee painted from the late 1940s to 2013. He rarely exhibited his work.

It was only after his death that his vast legacy of paintings, drawings, sketch-books and maquettes came to light.

They revealed that Gordon Snee is a master of form and colour, who should be considered alongside the finest British post-war abstract painters.


  • 1931: Gordon Snee is born in Burnley, Lancashire.

  • 1948: After national service, Snee wins a scholarship to the Slade, and then a further award for an extra year's tuition. His first works are exhibited and sold.

  • 1956: Snee leaves London. He lives in Lincolnshire and Lancashire.

  • 1960s: He teaches painting in Salford and at Manchester College of Art. Shortly after becoming a John Moores prize-winner in 1967, Snee stops exhibiting.

  • 1983: He stops teaching and returns to full-time painting.

  • 2013: A vast legacy of paintings, drawings, maquettes and sketch-books comes to light upon his death

  • 2014-16: His daughter, Jo Snee, sets up 'Gordon Snee Art' to champion his work. Three 'pop-up' exhibitions are held in Sheffield.

  • 2017: First major retrospective, 'The Joy of Seeing', at the Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough, Halifax.

"For me the most important thing in painting is truth, but truth to experience rather than truth of facts or appearances."

"With Abstract Art, painting is no longer an illusion but a reality."


Gordon Snee Art organises exhibitions, studio viewings, publications and other activities to tell the world about Gordon Snee's work and how it was made.

We maintain the collection of most of Snee's work, and we are in the process of setting up a charitable trust to further protect and promote Snee's legacy.