Norman Ackroyd

Norman Ackroyd RA (British b. 1938)

Born in Leeds, Norman Ackroyd studied at Leeds College of Art from 1956 to 1961, and subsequently at the Royal College of Art, London, from 1961 to 1964. Ackroyd has had many solo exhibitions, both in Britain and internationally, including Anderson O’Day; Aitken Dott, Edinburgh; Jersey Arts Centre, Channel Islands and the Compass Gallery, Glasgow. One-man shows abroad include the National Museum of Art, Santiago, Chile; Jan Turner, Los Angeles; Dolan/Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia and the Mickleson Gallery, Washington DC. Ackroyd has also received several public mural commissions, produced in etched stainless steel or bronze. Recent commissions include Lloyds Bank, London; British Airways, Birmingham Airport; Freshfields, London; Tetrapack, Stockley Park, Heathrow; and a bronze mural for the Main Hall of the British Embassy, Moscow.

Ackroyd has taught at Winchester College of Art and Central School of Art. The recipient of a number of awards, Ackroyd was been described by the Financial Times Art critic, William Packer, as ‘by far our most adventurous and accomplished etcher’. He has held several dozen solo shows and his work is represented in the British Museum, London; the Tate Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery, Washington DC; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Stedelijk, Amsterdam; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Albertina Museum, Venice; Arts Council of Great Britain; British Council; and numerous provincial British galleries. He was elected RA in 1991 and was made Senior Fellow, Royal College of Art in 2000. Ackroyd lives and works in London.