Michael Rooney RA
Born: 5 March 1944, Epsom, Surrey, UK
Elected ARA: 31 May 1990
Elected RA: 26 June 1991
Category of Membership: Painter
Mick Rooney RA, Watching Fireworks (Spain) Copyright the artist. Photography by FXP and John Riddy. Jerwood Collection. Mick Rooney studied at Sutton School of Art from 1959 to 1962, Wimbledon School of Art from 1962 to 1964, and subsequently at the Royal College of Art, London from 1964 to 1967. Here he was awarded the Austin Abbey Major Scholarship to study at the British School of Rome from 1967 to 1968, where he was commissioned by the Franciscan Order to create a wall mosaic for a new Basilica in Nazareth, Israel. Between 1968 and 1982 he taught part-time at various art colleges.
Rooney’s early solo exhibitions were held from 1965 at the Fulham Gallery, London, Galerie Petit, Amsterdam, Seasons Gallery, The Hague and Patrick Seale Gallery, London, with regular solo shows being held at the Mercury Gallery, London from 1984. A retrospective of his work (covering the period 1978 to 1988) was held in 1989 and toured Folkestone, Eastbourne and Bath. Rooney’s work has been included in many group exhibitions in Britain and abroad. Among Rooney’s commissions is a painting to celebrate the centenary of the Financial Times (1988), a poster for London Underground (1990), a tapestry commissioned by TSB for Birmingham Headquarters (woven by Edinburgh Tapestry Company) and a book cover for Mr and Mrs Noah – recent poems by Brendan Kennely.
Among Rooney’s many awards are ANSVAR Insurance, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (1981), World of Newspapers, Daily Mirror, London (1982), Spirit of London, GLC Southbank (1983), Gulbenkian Printmakers Award (1984), John Player Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery (1985), Daler/Rowney Prize (Royal Academy, 1986), House and Garden Magazine Award (Royal Academy, 1988), Korn/Ferry International Premier Award (Royal Academy, 1989) and First Prize, Chichester Arts Festival Exhibition.
Rooney was Artist in Residence for the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne in 1983. He was elected Royal Academician in 1991 and in 2001 was elected to the Royal Society of Painters and Printmakers. Rooney lives and works in London.
Recent solo exhibitions
2012 Fosse Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold
2010 Fosse Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold
2008 Fosse Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold
2007 Friends Room, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2006 Duncan R. Miller Fine Arts, London
1999 Galerie Franziskanergasse, Salzburg, Austria
Galerie 12, Innsbruck, Austria
1998 Portal Gallery, London
1994 Mercury Gallery, London
1991 Mercury Gallery, London
Mick Rooney RA, Private Garden (Spain) Public collections
Bolton Museum and Art Gallery
Hove Museum and Art Gallery
London Transport Underground
Museo Ralli, Punta del Este, Uruguay
Royal Academy of Arts
Rye Art Gallery
South East Arts
University of Aston
Government Art Collection
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