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Ralph Rumney

Ralph Rumney (1934-2002), the British artist and writer, crossed paths with many of the radical movements in art and politics of the past 50 years, and became renowned in recent years as a co-founder of the culturally subversive Situationist International. Rumney led a nomadic existence, seeing his life as 'permanent adventure and endless experiment', but finally settled in the South of France towards the end of his life. His early abstract paintings were tachiste in style, and his major work of that period, The Change (1957), was purchased by the Tate Gallery from his retrospective exhibition at England & Co in 1989.

Works by Rumney have been included in numerous exhibitions at England & Co, including The Map is Not the Territory series and  Talking of Yves: Friendships and connections in Paris, New York and London.

Drawings & works on paper   


Untitled - Details

Untitled (Head series) 1963
46.75 x 60.5 inches
Gold and metal leaf on board

London No.9 - Details

London No.9 (Head series) 1964
19.5 x 22.5 inches
Gold and silver leaf on board
Ref: RR011
Untitled - Details

Untitled 1956
42 x 29 inches
Ripolin on board

The Change - Details

The Change 1957
61 x 79 inches
Oil, ripolin and gold leaf on masonite

Acquired from England & Co by Tate, London

Dance of the Warriors - Details

Dance of the Warriors 1956
22.5 x 14 inches
Oil on newsprint laid on board

Untitled - Details

Untitled 1956
30 x 20 inches
Oil on canvas

Private collection