Leonard McComb

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Photograph copyright Dennis Toff FRPS from his book The Painter RAs


Leonard McComb was born in Glasgow. He studied at the Manchester School of Art and subsequently at the Slade School of Fine Art from 1956 to 1959, followed by a Postgraduate couse in sculpture, also at the Slade. He was included in the exhibition 'The Human Clay' held at the Hayward Gallery in 1976,and his first solo show was held the following year at the Coracle Press. In 1983 an Arts Council touring exhibition entitled 'Leonard McComb Drawing Painting Sculpture' was arranged by the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. His work continued to be exhibited in many important group shows including the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1982, the Tate Gallery in 1984, the Hirschhorn Museum, Washington D.C. in 1986 and the Museum of Modern Art, Brussels in 1987.Among McComb’s awards are the Royal Academy Jubilee Award; the Korn Ferry Award; The Times Watercolour Prize; the Nordstern Print Prize and the RWS Prize. He was elected Royal Academician in 1991 and in 1995 was elected Keeper of the Royal Academy, which placed him in charge of the Royal Academy Schools until 1998. He is an Honorary Member of the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Printmakers. In 1996 he completed designs for mosaics which have now been installed in Westminster Cathedral. Public Collections include:Tate Gallery, London; Arts Council of Great Britain; British Council; Manchester City Art Gallery; Swindon Museum and Art Gallery; Birmingham City Art Gallery; Contemporary Arts Society; University of Cambridge; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne.

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