Artist biography

Kenneth ROWNTREE b. 1915

Painter in oil and watercolour, mainly of landscape and buildings; decorator and illustrator. Born 14 March 1915 in Scarborough. Studied at the Ruskin School, Oxford, under Albert Rutherston 1930–4 and at the Slade School under Schwabe 1934–5. Worked at ‘Recording Britain’ for the Pilgrim Trust 1941 and later as Official War Artist. First one-man exhibition at the Leicester Galleries 1946. Member of the Society of Mural Painters 1943, A.R.W.S. 1946. Taught mural painting at the R.C.A. 1948–58 and made murals for the Barclay School, Stevenage, 1946, R.M.S. Orsova and Iberia 1954, and the British Pavilion at the Brussels International Exhibition 1958. Illustrated A Prospect of Wales 1948. Professor of Fine Art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne since 1959.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II