Kenneth Rowntree

Kenneth Rowntree, RWS (1915-1997)

was a well-known painter in oil and watercolour of landscapes and figure subjects, and an illustrator, collagist and art teacher. Born in Scarborough, he studied art at the Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford 1930-34 and at the Slade School 1934-35. His first one-man show held in 1946 at the Leicester Galleries, and subsequently solo shows were held at Reid & Lefevre, the Redfern Gallery, Zwemmer Gallery and the New Art Centre. Rowntree was elected a member of the Society of Mural Painters 1942 and an associate of the Royal Watercolour Society 1946. He illustrated A Prospect of Wales published in 1948. From 1948-58 he was a tutor in the painting school of the Royal College of Art and then Professor of Fine Art in the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne 1959-80. His work is represented in a number of public collections, including Tate Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, and Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden. A major retrospective was held at the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle in 1980 and in 2002 a book on the artist by John Milner was published by Lund Humphries. Rowntree lived in Great Bardfield in wartime, then in London for some years and later at Corbridge in Northumberland.

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