Fish, 2006

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 Etching
Colour Black/Multicolour
Dimensions 61 x 65cm
Fabric & material Etching
Edition 50

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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.

Intrigued by the infinite subtlety and variety in the appearance of fish, McComb spent many hours studying them in harbours, and often made them the subject of his still-life paintings. This etching depicts silver sprats, caught in Amlwch Bay, Anglesey, in North Wales.

‘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