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Lived/Active: United Kingdom      Known for: marine painting, aircraft illustration

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BIOGRAPHY for Roy Cross
1924 (London, England)
United Kingdom

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marine painting, aircraft illustration

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Biography from Roger King Fine Art, A - G:
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Roy Cross was born in London and began his career during World War II as a technical illustrator for training manuals.  After the war, he became a freelance artist and a respected journalist and illustrator of aircraft subjects.

Primarily self-taught, Cross studied briefly at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts and at St. Martin's School of Fine Arts in London.  He achieved renown in the 1960s while working for Airfix, the celebrated maker of aircraft models whose name is synonymous in the United Kingdom with plane models.

Cross joined the Society of Aviation Artists in 1952, but became interested in historic marine painting after seeing the work of Montague Dawson.  In 1973 Cross had his first one-man show at London's Malcolm Henderson Gallery.  He was elected to the Royal Society of Marine Artists in 1977.

His paintings are popular in America with collectors who appreciate his craft and attention to detail.  When executing commissions, Cross travels when necessary to study the settings for the painting and makes extensive museum trips to research the accuracy of the vessels.

Many of his works are based on historical themes of the 19th century.  In addition to their specificity and historical accuracy, Cross' works are characterized by crispness and clarity.

His paintings are in collections of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, the U.S.S. Constitution Museum in Boston, and the Ventura County Marine Museum in Oxnard, California.

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