Norman Ackroyd CBE RA is an English artist known primarily for his aquatints.
Ackroyd attended Leeds College of Art from 1957-61 and the Royal College of Art, London, from 1961-64, where he studied under Julian Trevelyan. Ackroyd then lived in the United States for several years. He was elected to the Royal Academy of Art in 1988 and appointed Professor of Etching, University of the Arts, in 1994. He was elected Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 2000, and in 2007 was made CBE for services to Engraving and Printing.
Ackroyd's works from the 1960s show his interest in both Pop Art, particularly artist Jasper Johns, and Minimalism. His complex compositions from this period often integrate pre-existing imagery such as newspaper clippings.
Gradually Ackroyd abandoned the language of Pop Art; for a time his compositions simplified and grew more abstract, sometimes appearing geometric. He then began to depict and suggest naturalistic elements, hills, clouds, rainbows - though the artist uses colour only sparingly even then. Ackroyd moved away from the use of stencils and photographic transfers to pure aquatint, sometimes beginning the plate en plein air. His mature work is reminiscent of the paintings of JMW Turner, albeit with a more subtle palette.
The Royal Academy recently published the book 'A Line in the Water' (2009), with Ackroyd's illustrations alongside the poems of Douglas Dunn. In an interview with the artist published in 'Archipelago' (no.III, Spring 2009), Ackroyd describes his working methods in detail.
Examples of Ackroyd's artworks can be found in the collections of major museums in the UK and US, including the Tate, British Museum, V&A, and National Gallery of Art, Washington. His work is also included in the Deutsche Bank collection. He has been featured in several television programmes, including two BBC documentaries on the artist published in 1980 and 2006.
- Norman ACKROYD (1938)
- Titel van kunstwerk
- "Mother and Child"
- 30×40 cm
- Totale afmetingen
- 40×50×1 cm
- Verkocht met lijst