Born in 1938 in Leeds, Norman Ackroyd has been described as an artist ‘who is to etching what Turner was to watercolour’ by William Packer. Best known as an etcher and printmaker, he is also a prolific draftsman and a painter in watercolour and oil. Over a career spanning five decades he has chosen his own path as an artist and his work reveals his total immersion in landscape. The direct experience of landscape and weather, often seen from a boat tossed on a stormy sea, is Norman Ackroyd’s constant subject. His work in painting and etching shares the same immediacy.
Ackroyd is a prominent Royal Academician, and a display of his prints has been a highlight of the RA Summer Exhibition for many years. He is a Senior Fellow at the Royal College of art and has completed a number of public mural commissions including one at Freshfields in Fleet Street and another for the Main Hall of the British Embassy, Moscow. Most recently, he won the competition to decorate the exterior of Lazard’s new London headquarters.