Procktor was one of the most highly regarded British artists of his generation - a flamboyant character, his tall figure cutting a dash in London. During the 1960s, his reputation was on a standing with that of his contemporary David Hockney. Though that standing was not maintained, his work and personality remained remarkable throughout his career.
Procktor was a truly outstanding watercolourist and printmaker. From the moment his first solo exhibition in 1963 sold out before it opened, he managed to dazzle a London art scene already full of striking characters. In the early 1970s he travelled and painted frequently abroad, particularly in Morocco, which he loved, and in India and Venice.