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Lived/Active: United Kingdom      Known for: landscape, still life

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Kenneth Rowntree (1915-1997)

He was an artist and illustrator who relished everyday, overlooked subjects, incorporating modernist space and traditional objects with an almost toy-like neatness that often verged on the abstract. 

Rowntree attended the Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford and then the Slade School of Fine Art in London.  At the outbreak of war he became, like Richard Eurich, an Official War Artist - although he remained a conscientious objector.  With a gift for evoking particular places, he took part in the Pilgrim Trust along with sixty other artists, commissioned by the government, to record the appearance and landscape of England and Wales before any changes caused by wartime activities and destruction. 

After the War he held his first solo exhibition at Leicester Galleries (1946) and in 1949 he became head of the Royal College of Arts mural painting studios.  From 1959, he served as Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne which, alongside Richard Hamilton and Victor Pasmore, was one of the most progressive art schools in Britain.

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