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 Amboise to Den Bosch, 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

AUGUST 2018 - some great exhibitions


Cactus painting by Ghada Amer           

Until 6 January 2019




Since 1999 Egyptian-born artist Ghada Amer has been working on gardens alongside her pictorial works. Cactus Painting, 2000, is formed of thousands of cacti in various shapes and colours; a living abstract painting, stretching across the exhibition space of the Centre de Creation Contemporaine Oliver Debre, Tours, France




Jardin Francois 1er

37000 Tours



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 Known for the use of art historical references in his paintings, Brown appropriates images changing their shape, form, colour, and dimension, traversing artistic time zones.The exhibition will feature new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.

Notre Dame cathedral Chartres France

Until 13 October, 2018

Not an exhibition but a fantastic light display, in the city of  Chartres, France, illuminating 24 sites, all part of the city's heritage, after dark, to experience a new and different way of looking at the historic buildings.


Every night, from dusk until 1am


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Vermeer & the Dutch Masters, to be published September 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.



My interview with artist Glenn Brown is published this month in the September issue of Artists' & Illustrators magazine.


Just interviewed the remarkable wildlife artist, Ashley Boon, for the October issue of Artists & Illustrators, published September. He lives and works in the exquisitely beautiful area of Geltsdale, Cumbria.