After leaving West Yorkshire to study engineering in Munich, Wadsworth managed to get a scholarship at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Initially influenced by Post-Impressionism, he created paintings of Futurist inspiration until 1913. A year later he started to take distance from Marinetti’s ideology and in 1914 he signed the Vorticism Manifesto, published in the Blast magazine. He exhibited at the Doré Gallery but soon after he left for the war. He joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and worked on transferring dazzle camouflage on British ships. This became also a theme of his major artwork Dazzle-ships in Drydock at Liverpool. After WWI he joined the group of modernist artists Unit One. He continued to paint but his stye moved toward abstraction and Surrealism, although he never formally joined the movement.