Kenneth Rowntree: A Centenary Exhibition
Artist(s): Kenneth Rowntree
Author(s): Alexandra Harris, John Milner, Alan Powers & Peyton Skipwith
Year published: March 2015
Publisher: Liss Llewellyn Fine Art & Moore-Gwyn Fine Art
Total Pages: 128
Illustrations: Over 125 colour illustrations
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Published to coincide with Kenneth Rowntree: A Centenary Exhibition at the Fry Gallery Art Gallery 5 April – 12 July 2015, and after at Pallant House Gallery 22 July – 18 October 2015.
This catalogue accompanies the first comprehensive retrospective exhibtion devoted to Kenneth Rowntree since his death in 1997.
Kenneth Rowntree holds a prominent place in the Fry Art Gallery collection, alongside his contemporaries Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden and Michael Rothenstein. Indeed, it was through his friendship with Ravilious, who had met him at the Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford, the Rowntree and his architect wife, Diana, moved to the idyllic Essex village of Great Bardfield in 1941. Whilst living in Essex he designed the lithograph of the tractor that was to become synonymous with rural life for a whole generation of school children as one of the iconic series of School Prints, which also forms part of the Pallant House Gallery’s collection. The exhibition places Rowntree’s work in the wider context of Pallant House Gallery’s collection of Modern British Art, including abstract and Pop artists of the 1950s and 60s with whom he taught at the Royal College of Art and Newcastle University.