Michael Rothenstein RA (1908-1993)
Michael Rothenstein was an English printmaker, painter and teacher, born in 1908 in London. He was the younger son of the artist Sir William Rothenstein. and studied at the Chelsea Polytechnic and at the Central School from 1924. His first solo exhibition was held in 1931 at the Warren Gallery and he had many later shows at the prestigious Redfern Gallery. Rothenstein moved to live in Essex, in Great Bardfield, where he founded his graphic workshop in 1954. He was soon to abandon painting to focus completely on printmaking and specially linocuts, moving on to abstract compositions in the 1960s. He was to become one of the most experimental printmakers in this medium. Rothenstein spent a period of time teaching print making at Camberwell School of Art, and in 1962 became an Art Fellow at Sheffield University. In 1984 he was elected to the Royal Academy.