Sid Gotcliffe (1899 - 1969) was a painter and print maker, largely self-taught.Born in England in 1899, he came to the United States around 1920.
His work for the W.P.A. was primitive in style.
Gotcliffe was once the assistant to Louis Schanker. He did drawings for “The New Masses” magazine a communist leaning publication as did many other WPA artists.
He exhibited extensively, including New School Society 1938, Museum of Modern Art 1944, he was included in a 1945 exhibition titled “Portrait of America” at the Dallas Museum of Art, Smithsonian 1952, Yale 1965, and exhibition of WPA Art at Parsons School of Design in 1977, and many more.
The National Gallery of Art holds one large painting of his, titled “The Departure” dated 1942, as does the Museum of Modern Art and Yale University.