Mediterranean Sea, 2001-2

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 Blue/Multicolour
Dimensions 99.5 x 119cm
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 was fascinated by the sea. He would regularly take his students to the coast and challenge them to paint from life. ‘Staying at my mother’s house in Anglesey, North Wales, I was able to watch the sea, see how it affected the granite rock nearby. I was fascinated by how it crashed over the rock, the sustained energy it threw at it. But how to draw the sea? You can’t ask the sea to stop. Every wave is different.’

‘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