Rosalind Ormiston

I am an art and architectural historian. I write features for art magazines and newspapers, with many books published, on art movements, and artists, including Hieronymus Bosch, Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt, William Morris, Egon Schiele and Edward Hopper.

I am based in London. I joined Kingston University as a visiting lecturer in 2002/3, teaching art, architecture and design history.  I write for commercial and academic publications, with books on art for several publishers. I write travel features too, and when possible, visit places that hold my interest, from Den Bosch to Dublin, Penrith to Portmeirion, Newcastle to Naples.


On the following pages you will find information on commissioned books, and selected interviews.



Interviewed for a Podcast for BBC History - on Arts & Crafts Movement click to hear

JULY 2018 - some great exhibitions


 Edward Bawden  Dulwich Picture Gallery   

23 May- 9 September 2018

Edward Bawden (1903-89) was a master printmaker, illustrator, watercolourist and designer and is today recognised as one of the most influential artists of his generation. 

This exhibition brings together 160 works to re-introduce Bawden as a hugely versatile artist.



Image credit: Edward Bawden, [Aesop’s Fables] Gnat and Lion, 1970, (detail) © Estate of Edward Bawden






Glenn Brown: Fantasy Landscapes, Portraits and Beasts 

Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne 16 June-21 October 2018

Glenn Brown, born in Hexham, Northumberland, is one of the most renowned British artists working today. Known for the use of art historical references in his paintings, Brown appropriates images changing their shape, form, colour, and dimension, traversing artistic time zones.The exhibition will feature new works created by Brown, shown alongside his own rehang of the Laing Art Gallery's painting collection.


The artwork shown above 

In the end we all succumb to the pull of the molten core 

by Glenn Brown, was donated to the Laing Art Gallery collection as part of the Contemporary Art Society’s Great Works scheme, with the support of the artist and the Sfumato Foundation.

Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire

Until 7 October 2018

National Gallery, London


'Ed Ruscha's 10-painting installation 'Course of Empire' references Bolton-born, American artist, Thomas Cole's cycle of five paintings, 'The Course of Empire', dated 1834-6, shown in the concurrent exhibition ''Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire' at the NG. Ruscha (pictured above with NG director Gabriele Finaldi, at the preview of both exhibitions) was inspired by Cole's paintings. His series is a modern take on Cole's view of the cyclical nature of civilisation.

View them at the same time, to enjoy Cole and Ruscha's American vision, centuries apart. 


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JULY 2018

Great Exhibition of the North is officially launched.

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A highlight, on now, is 'Glenn Brown:Fantasy Landscapes, Portraits and Beasts' , at Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, until 21 October.



National Gallery, London

A masterpiece of planning by the National Gallery, London to link a superb exhibition of Bolton-born artist, creator of sublime views of the Amercan landscape, Thomas Cole (1801-48), in 'Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire' with 'Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire'. Ruscha admires the work of Cole, and his 10-painting series, on show, references Cole's view of America. See the shows on the the same day if you can. See right >>


Remarkable wildlife artist, Ashley Boon, is on my radar for interview. He lives and works in the exquisitely beautiful county of Cumberland (Cumbria).