Christmas Roses, 1993

by Leonard McComb RA

As part of the exhibition Leonard McComb RA, which continues our series of Academicians in Focus, this work is on show in the Keeper’s House at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, from 17 August 2018–28 January 2019.

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Artwork details

Artist Leonard McComb RA
Medium Painting
Colour Pink/Multicolour
Dimensions 100 x 80cm
Fabric & material Oil/ Canvas

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Artwork description

Leonard McComb (1930–2018) always loved to work from life. Much of his subject matter was inspired by what he saw during his extensive travels, especially in Cyprus and the South of France. His work was led and informed by the close relationships he forged over time, be they with friends made while abroad or among the market traders of Billingsgate, London.

McComb generally stayed with his sister over the Christmas period. During these visits his work would occupy the attention of the entire household. The family would provide him with subject matter for his paintings, including fish, flowers and fruit from the local markets. The kind of velvety dark background he uses in this painting features in a small number of McComb’s still lifes and provides a dramatic foil for his subject.

‘Everything I make is a portrait, whether I paint a human head, a flower, or an object on a table.’ Leonard McComb RA, 2004

About Leonard McComb RA

Leonard McComb RA was born in Glasgow in 1930. He studied at Manchester School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art, London.

McComb recieved a multitude of awards, including the Royal Academy's Jubille Award (1977), The Times Watercolour Prize (1992 and 1993) and the RWS Prize (1998). He also undertook major commissions such as the Jubille Medal for the... Go to artist page