original BEA poster by Kenneth Rowntree, NFS
1st edition Prospect of Wales
Scarce double letterform alphabet fabric printed by Edinburgh Weavers, 1958, mounted and framed,
mounted and framed p.o.a.
single letters archivally mounted and framed available at £80 (only one of each available, other letters in alphabet can be framed too.)
Kenneth Rowntree was an artist, designer and teacher who worked in Britain from the 1930s through to the 1990s.
Rowntree developed a style of painting in which modernist space and traditional objects combined in pleasing arrangement.
As a Quaker and pacifist Rowntree opposed war. Nevertheless, he was able to contribute to various artistic schemes during the conflict.
He is well known as a contributor to the "Recording Britain" project and as the author of a series of mural that decorated the British Restaurants.
The murals were elaborated into a form of large-scale symbolic landscape - that was able to express the history and values of Britain.
There is an evident connection between the presentation of Rowntree's work and that of shop-window display in department stores...
Rowntree was a member of the artists community at Great Bradfield, Essex (along with Ravilious and Bawden etc).
After the war he joined the Royal College of Art as head of its mural painting studios. He designed book covers, such as that for King Penguin
Prospect of Wales. In 1951 he completed a major mural, Freedom, for the Festival of Britain and two years later painted scenes along the processional
route of the Coronation, with the Queen later acquiring some of his works.
In the 1960s Rowntree was elected Professor of Fine Art at University of Newcastle, where he remained until his death.
for more information John Milner's monograph on the artist.
APRIL to JULY 2015 forthcoming centenary exhibition at Fry Art Gallery and travelling to Pallant House Gallery July to October.
Kenneth Rowntree exhibition catalogue, 128pp. fully illustrated, pb.
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