Gallery

- Secret artist


During half a century of committed creativity Roger Cecil produced a remarkable body of paintings. They were distinctively his own, deeply felt and beautiful. He was one of the most able and prolific artists of his generation. Nevertheless, he walked a path apart from his contemporaries.

He never sought a position in the thriving centres of the art world but preferred to remain a working-class artist in his working-class community, staying in the house where he grew up and labouring to bring in cash. He was uninterested in exhibiting, uninterested in selling, uninterested in groups or status. Throughout his life he was absorbed simply by being the best painter he could be.

Self-portrait

Untitled

Undated, c. 1998
Mixed media on board, 10x15cm

Self-portrait

Untitled

Undated, c. 1995
Mixed media on canvas, 183x153cm