Kenneth Rowntree

Kenneth Rowntree has always been highly regarded by those familiar with his work. The essays in this catalogue, which embrace new research and scholarship, reveal him to be an artist of great scope and variety. His early work reflects the inspiration and creative dialogue that came out of his friendship with Eric Ravilious (1903ñ1942) on account of whom Rowntree moved to Great Bardfield during the 1940s. During this period he was particularly preoccupied with Kenneth Clarkís Recording Britain projectÖ. At the end of the war he joined the teaching staff at the Royal College of Art. In 1951 he was commissioned to undertake murals for the Lion and Unicorn Pavilion for the Festival of Britain. As Professor of Fine Art in Newcastle (1959ñ1980) he was at the epicentre of an important northern school of modernism that revolved around his friends Victor Pasmore (1908ñ1988) and Richard Hamilton (1922ñ2011). Even in retirement, his work, in its return to figuration from abstraction, displays his consistent qualities of humour and inventiveness. Rowntreeís oeuvre is both influenced by and anticipates a wide variety of artistic styles, from Ravilious to David Hockney, from the Euston Road School to the Dadaism of Kurt Schwitters. His work, however, remains unmistakably his own.

Works Featured in this catalogue

Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Windy Day in the Highlands, 1984
£3,800.00
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
The Ruins at Tilty, Essex
£11,000.00
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Four-Square, 1966
£6,000.00
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, 1956
£3,800.00
Sold
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Reims in Snow, 1956
Sold
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
A Game of Boules, Acomb
Sold
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Bombed Buildings and Red Bus in the Snow
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Coffee Pot, Cup, Table: The Pyrenees, circa 1970
£4,950.00
Sold
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Still-life with Grace Darling, 1949
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Nocturne, 1988
£1,980.00
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Mountains – Umbria, 1974
£2,750.00
Private
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Italian Landscape with chair – view from the Newby’s House Castagni, circa 1970
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Wadham College Barge
£14,000.00
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Battle of Crecy I, circa 1970
£2,750.00
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Di Venezia, 1960s
£8,500.00
Sold
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Northumberland Barns, 1978
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Three Figures
£8,500.00
Sold
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
The Dukes Head, Farnham Royal, 1940s
Sold
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
St Johns College Barge on the Isis at Oxford, c. 1955
Sold
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Design for wallpaper Putney House combining wood engravings by Ravilious and Thomas Bewick
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
The British Restaurant at Acton, Middlesex, 1942
£7,850.00
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Winter Garden, Acomb
£7,500.00
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Putney Garden, 1960s
£8,500.00
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Homage to Verlaine (Chanson dAutome), 1984
£1,950.00
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Night and Day I, 1988
£3,800.00
Reserved
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Sky, Sea, North Umber, 1981
Sold
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Sasha skiing in Austria, 1955
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Falling Rain with Raised Flag
£7,450.00
Kenneth Rowntree (1915 - 1997)
Shapes in Movement II, 1958
£4,950.00