After serving in hospitals, he went to the Royal College of Art where he categorized students into two main groups, one as the traditional group who did things as they had done so in school. Making still life paintings and figure compositions. The other group which he preferred were of those students who preferred to do things that were considered to be adventurous in their life and works but were considered to be the top of their class who made huge Abstract Expressionist paintings on hardboard as opposed to the traditional benign group. He began to experiment with abstraction but found it to be too bland for his taste. This was a period of rapid development in terms of his art skills and personal discovery, which was also the time he developed a stronger inclination in terms to his sexuality. His experiment into stylistics was fueled by frequent discussions with R.B. Kitaj who was also a student at the Academy in the same period. At the time, figure painting was deemed as ganti-modernh so he infused words into his works in aims to soften them, in his words gHumanizingh them making them softer for the observer. He then evolved a style that had figures that were painted in a seemingly rudimentary style that were drawn roughly. This could be attributed greatly to influence from Jean Dubuffet whom he conversed with many times. His character has made him popular both inside and out of the Royal Academy. In 1961, he presented himself as a painter in the Young Contemporaries Exhibition in January of 1961 where a market for the recently rising Pop movement in Britain with him as one of those who were considered to be at the helm.In the same year, he made a lot of discoveries first when he visited the City of New York where he was so much amazed at the freedom of American society as a whole. He bleached his hair and started to become known as the free spirited artist he wanted to be. He also cam to know poetry by Cavafy and Whitman that along with his experiences in New York gave him new insight and image, an image for which he is to be known for many years to come. He returned to Europe and began working on a revised version of Hogarth Rakefs Progress through a series of prints that projected clearly his experiences in America. He also visited Italy in 1961 and Berlin in 1962 that further expanded his understanding and appreciation of works by the true masters of the arts and contributed to his psyche that was to show through his art.
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