Dr Leonard McComb 1930 – 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Dr Leonard McComb RA Hon RBA.

Leonard McComb described his work as visual abstractions after nature. He was very interested in the detail in nature and declared that everything he drew or painted, whether a portrait head, flower, landscape, still life or breaking sea wave, was a portrait to him.

McComb was a versatile artist who celebrated working in various media and was unusual amongst his contemporaries in being represented in the Tate collection by watercolours, oil paintings, prints and sculptures. His sculpture Young Man Standing, also known as the Golden Man (Tate), which was the subject of national controversy when it was withdrawn from exhibition in Lincoln Cathedral on the grounds of indecency, was exhibited at the RBA 2018 Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries.

If one person smiles when they see my work it is enough, my life has had a meaning and a shape’.

Leonard McComb RA

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