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Nicholas St John Rosse RSMA

Born 1945 Hampstead, London.
Educated University College School, Hampstead.
Life drawing Burgh House.
Early ‘60s moved to Italy. Studied in the studio of Pietro Annigoni and attended the Scuola del Nudo of the Florence Academy.
Moved to Spain. First two one man exhibitions.
1966 returned to England. Married in Belgium.
Life and portrait painting at Heatherley’s.
1968 onwards exhibited extensively in London and the provinces. Numerous portrait commissions.
1981 moved to Cornwall with family and ran residential painting courses for a number of years. Worked in Adult Education
Has continued exhibiting in one-man and group shows and regularly receives commissions for portraits and for figure groups in coastal settings.
Made full member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists in 2012.
Governor for RSMA on the Board of the Federation of British Artists at the Mall Galleries since 2014
ARTIST’S STATEMENT
My pictures are concerned with the human figure and how it relates to its immediate surroundings. This could be in the studio, house, garden or street, but in most of my current paintings it applies to the seashore. All the visual and tactile properties of sand, rock, water and light envelop my subjects both pictorially and in reality. I try to convey their physical response and their moods. In general, I have found that when people feel they can relate to subject matter, they can then be coaxed more easily into an understanding of the deeper content of a picture. I am obsessed with my subject, which to me is an inexhaustible source of inspiration. Portrait painting has featured throughout my career. I have an abiding interest in the human face and the way it appears, or doesn’t, in figure compositions. I come from a traditional background of realism and sound draughtsmanship, but I also believe in the expressive use of oil paint. I have no qualms about marrying these three qualities in my paintings. For light relief I paint still life and other subjects.
AWARDS
Twice recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award, Montreal.
PUBLICATIONS
Articles for The Artist Magazine and The International Artist Magazine