Alfred Daniels was born in London's East End in 1924. In the late 1940s he studied at the Royal College of Art, London; as a young graduate, he toured Florence, Venice, Ravenna and Siena, where he was deeply impressed by the Italian Primitives. His award-winning murals (1952-4) at Hammersmith Town Hall, depicting life on the Thames, are regarded as a modern classic. An example of his early painting - rightly compared to the work of the great American artist, Ben Shahn - was included in a recent survey of 1950s' British paintings at Londons Barbican Centre. His exhibitions at RONA Gallery have included 'Visions of Oxford' and 'Spirit of Scotland'. He is now preparing for a major exhibition, returning to the subject of activities on and around the Thames, at RONA Gallery.