Roy Rasmussen

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Roy Rasmussen (1919 – 2014) was a renowned English sculptor and Director of London artist organisation Free Painters and Sculptors.


Rasmussen was born in London, England in 1919, the third generation of a family of artists and metal craftsmen. Influenced by an uncle who traversed both those professional worlds, he also used his panel beating and sheet cutting skills in his long career as a sculptor, specialising in the use of aluminium.[1]

Rasmussen exhibited numerous times throughout his life, both in the UK and abroad. From 1958 to 1967 he was co-director of the Woodstock Gallery, London where he also exhibited, and from 1967 he became resident artist of the newly opened John Whibley Gallery, Cork Street, London. This continued until the gallery closed a decade later.[2]

Other exhibitions included:

1955 Aluminium Centenary Exhibition, Royal Festival Hall, London

1955 English Expressionists, Galerie Creuze, Paris

1960 ‘Art Alive’, Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, Northampton

1961 ‘Divergencies’, Qantas Gallery, Piccadilly, London

1966 21st Salon des Realites Nouvelles, Salle Balzac, Paris

1967 John Lewis Auditorium, Oxford Street, London

1985 ‘The Early Years of FPS’, Loggia Gallery, London

1989 ‘FPS: The First Two Decades 1952-72’, Loggia Gallery, London

Free Painters and Sculptors[edit]

Rasmussen was heavily involved for over 60 years with the art group Free Painters and Sculptors (FPS) acting as Director and Historian, as well as Director of the group's own gallery, the Loggia gallery at Buckingham Gate, London. Rasmussen wrote a comprehensive history of the group from its beginnings to the early 1990s.

One of his last exhibitions was 'Then and Now' in 2012 which celebrated 60 years since the founding of FPS.[3]

The Roy Rasmussen Awards are held in his honour at the annual exhibition of FPS.[4]


  1. ^ "Roy Rasmussen Sculptor and Artist :: The Official Site". Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  2. ^ "The History of Free Painters and Sculptors by Roy Rasmussen". Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  3. ^ "Then And Now: 60 Years of Pioneering Art by the Free Painters and Sculptors (FPS)". HuffPost UK. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  4. ^ "Free Painters and Sculptors". Free Painters and Sculptors. Retrieved 2017-07-11.