Leon Underwood 1890-1975


Underwood was born in London into an intellectual family. A precocious talent he was travelling and sketching by the age of twenty.

War service curtailed his artistic progression but he managed to produce drawings that were published in theIllustrated London News and after being invalided submitted studies for camouflage painting to the Imperial War Museum.

Underwood’s first exhibition was at the Chenil Gallery, Chelsea in 1922 and over the coming years he exhibited with many important galleries in London (St Georges, Grafton, Zwemmer, Beaux Arts and Leicester to name but a few) and internationally in New York and elsewhere.

Always an intrepid traveller he spent time in Iceland, Africa, the USA and Mexico and several locations in Europe. The interaction with primitive cultures did much to inspire his work, particularly sculpture to which he devoted his entire time from 1959.