Leonard Rosoman

Rosoman was an English artist and illustrator. He taught at Edinburgh College of Art, Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art, where David Hockney was amongst his students. His paintings are notable for their taught composition and dramatic perspective.

Rosoman also undertook many mural commissions during his lifetime, including the ceiling of Lambeth Palace and the restaurant of the Royal Academy at Burlington House.

1913                Born 27 October, London

1930-34           Studies art in Newcastle

1939-43           Serves in the Auxiliary Fire Service

1943-45           Appointed an Official War Artist in the Far East

1947-48           Travels in Europe

1948                Solo Exhibition, St George’s Gallery, London

Takes teaching post at Edinburgh

1950                Exhibits at Festival of Britain

1954                First exhibition at Roland, Browse & Deblanco

1954                Exhibits in William Buckle’s Diaghilev exhibition

1955                Returns to London, takes teaching post at Chelsea College of Art

1955                Features in Eric Newton’s Critics Choice publication

1956                Starts teaching at Royal College of Art

1956                Exhibits in the Observer Film Exhibition

1957                Second exhibition at Roland Browse & Delbanco

Moves to Pembroke Studios

1959                Third exhibition at Roland Browse & Delbanco

1960                Elected Associate of the Royal Academy

1963                Marries Jocelyn Rickards

1965                Fourth exhibition at Roland Browse & Delbanco

1966                Curates room of Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

1966-67           Awarded Churchill Fellowship

1969                A Patriot for Me at Lincoln Centre, New York

Elected Royal Academician

1969                A Patriot for Me, Roland Browse & Delbanco

1971                Exhibits at State University of New York

Moves into Pembroke Villas with Roxanne Wruble

Joins War Artists Advisory Committee of Imperial War Museum

1973                Undertakes mural Commission for Unilever House

1974                First exhibition at Fine Art Society

1975                Exhibits at Touchstone Gallery, New York

1977                Exhibits at Oldham Art Gallery

1978                Second exhibition at Fine Art Society

Retires from teaching at Royal College of Art

Exhibits at Galerie de Beerenburght, Holland

1981                Awarded OBE

1983                Third exhibition at Fine Art Society

1987-88           Undertakes mural commission for Lambeth Palace Chapel

1988                Southampton Art Gallery

1989-1990       Retrospective at Imperial War Museum

Fourth exhibition at Fine Art Society

1990                Fifth exhibition at Fine Art Society

1993                80th birthday exhibition at Fine Art Society

1994                Marries Roxanne Wruble

2002                Interviewed on Desert Island Discs

2003                90th birthday exhibition at Fine Art Society

2008                95th birthday exhibition at Fine Art Society

2012                Dies on 21st February

Public Collections

Arts Council England
National Portrait Gallery
Imperial War Museum
Government Art Collection
Tate
York Museums Trust
Birmingham City Art Gallery
University of Nottingham.