Leonard Rosoman RA British, b. 1913

Leonard Rosoman studied at King Edward VII School of Art, University of Durham, the Royal Academy Schools, Central School of Arts and Crafts, and then taught at Camberwell, Edinburgh College of Art, Royal College and Chelsea School of Art. He was appointed Official War Artist to the Admiralty in 1943. Made Royal Academician in 1960 and Senior Academician in 1989.


He has exhibited extensively in London and New York, and painted many murals including one for the Royal Academy of Arts restaurant (1986) and Lambeth Palace Chapel ceiling (1988). His work is represented in the National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum and the Imperial War Museum, where a retrospective of his work was held in 1989. He was awarded an OBE in 1981, lives in London and is represented by The Fine Art Society.


Rosoman's work as a painter, illustrator and designer, is often characterised by an ambiguous manipulation of space and perspective. His working practice involves taking photographs of spaces and people, and working them into complex and beautifully balanced depictions of crowded interiors or expansive open spaces. His paintings, often in acrylic, have an individual, 'heightened' palette, mustard yellows, muted vermilions and peacock blue/greens.