Artist : Leonard Rosoman RA
Leonard Rosoman was born in West Hampstead , London and studied in both London and Newcastle, where he won just about every scholarship going. He was taught by teachers that included Bernard Meninsky, many of whom became good friends, and in the 1930s they helped him to find work illustrating for Shell and Cresset Press, and designing for other advertising firms.
Here at Blondes we love the detailed illustrative quality of his work together with the humour and playfulness that comes from much of his work.
Leonard Rosoman’s had an active war . He was in the Auxiliary Fire Service for the early part, where he was billeted with Stephen Spender. In early 1945 he was appointed an Official War Artist and much of his work is now held in the Imperial War Museum , London. After teaching at Edinburgh and Chelsea College of Art, he was asked to join the staff of the Royal College of Art in 1956. Rosoman was to spend the rest of his life closely associated with the RCA – as a teacher for over 20 years.
Rosoman’s still lifes and city scenes of the 1960s – often featuring gardens and windows and half-hidden figures – are beautifully coloured, layered creations, illustrative and decorative. Rosoman moved through and contributed to many of the major artistic events of the mid-century: hung the central room at the Royal Academy Summer Show in 1962; painted murals for the Festival of Britain, for the Shakespeare Exhibition in 1964, for hotels, banks and colleges. He was also responsible for two monumental oils for the Royal Academy the first painted between 1979 and 1984 is " The meeting " the Royal Academy of Arts and is 1.5 metres square and depicts all of the great artists of the time . The other is "The 1989 Council of the Royal West of England Academy and three past presidents " which has Leonard Manasseh , Mary Fedden and Bernard Dunstan in the foreground . Mary Fedden was a good friend of Leonard Rosoman and this painting was undertaken upon her instruction.
Here at Blondes Fine Art in Hertfordshire we are pleased to be able to offer work by this fine artist .