Rosalind Ormiston: Arts & Travel Writer,Art Historian,Author


I'm a freelance arts & travel writer, an art historian with many books, features and art reviews published. 


I am commissioned for art, architecture and design exhibition reviews. My travel features are extensive, linking travel to cultural locations.


My academic background is art and architectural history, formed by an MA (Classical Civilisation) and BA (Hons) History of Art, Architecture and Design. in addition, teaching the history of art, architecture, design, and photography, at Kingston University, London, from 2003-2012.


With international, national and regional galleries now closed or closing, I am working online, researching artists and artworks through the remarkable content available from museum and gallery websites, libraries and academic databases.


Travelling has been put on hold so I am travelling the world virtually via the web, and reading travel books from ancient to modern. Using my time to research the content of art exhibitions planned for 2021, for future reviews and features, and planning future travel trips. In addition, importantly, I am in touch with travel professionals via the British Guild of Travel Writers, a brilliant organisation.


The commissioned books I have written include modern art movements, and noted artists such as the Dutch painters Hieronymus Bosch, Johannes Vermeer, Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt van Rijn; the Renaissance Masters: Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo; plus modern-era Paul Gauguin,  Egon Schiele, Edward Hopper, and Pablo Picasso.



On my wishlist:


Never got a chance to see Titian: Love-Desire-Death, which opened at National Gallery, London, 16th March but is currently closed. The gallery's website pages explain artist and context, eg. 'Titian: Europe's Most Wanted', click here  

In 2012 I wrote a book review titled: 'Titian unmasked: The most money-grubbing individual ever created by nature'.

It's on, free to read. Click here.




You can contact me at

APRIL 2020






  • British Guild of Travel Writers
  • Association of Art History
  • The Socierty of Authors

Latest publications:


For Prestel Publishing Picasso (April 2020).The book, in Prestel's 'Masters of Art' series focuses on Picasso's life and work. 


Contributor to 500 Inspiring Walks, featuring specific locations in the lives of artists, composers and writers. To be published by Thunder Bay Press (August 2020).


To discuss travel or art commissions, or to contact me to discuss projects, please email: