Kenneth Rowntree RA
(1915-1997)

Kenneth Rowntree was born in Scarborough and studied at the Ruskin School of Art (Oxford) and at the Slade. He was exhibiting in London from an early age, and between 1936-39 showed work at the prestigiousWildenstein and Leicester Galleries. He was one of the distinguished group of artists selected to contribute to the Recording Britain project, whose aim, Kenneth Clark wrote  was "to preserve evidence of unique British architecture and culture before the war and developers destroyed it". (See the VAM's two publications on Recording Britain for many examples of Rowntree's work.)

For a time he was one of the Great Bardfield group of artists centered around Ravilious and Bawden, and like them he is well represented in the renowned Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden, where he recently had a retrospective exhibition (2015) - which then moved on to the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, and the Redfern in London.

In 1959 he was appointed Professor of Fine Art at King's College Newcastle where he remained until his retirement in 1980.

Kenneth Rowntree's work is characterised by a strong underlying sense of design, and it's hardly surprising that he produced completely abstract paintings in the latter part of his career.