Reg Eldridge was born in 1919 and from 1937 to 1939 studied Portrait Painting and Life Drawing at the Clapham School of Art. During the war Eldridge was a member of teaching staff at the Royal Artillery School in Deepcut with the prominent British Sculptor Kenneth Armitage, who became a good friend and life drawing partner. Subsequently Eldridge studied at Chelsea under Vivian Pitchforth RA and at St Martins under Ruskin Spear RA and Derrick Greaves. Appropriately exhibiting with the eminent Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Eldridge, was invited to exhibit with The Royal Society of Portrait Painters in the early 1970's and went on to successfully exhibit with them for a period of over twenty years. At 86 Eldridge's work is held in private collections worldwide, notably in the USA, Japan and South America.