Roy Oxlade (b. 1929; London, UK; d. 2014; Kent, UK) emerged in the 1950s as one of a distinguished group of painters that included Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff, who studied under David Bomberg at Borough Polytechnic, London (1951 – 53). Oxlade completed his MA at the Royal College of Art, London (1974–76) returning in 1981 to complete his PhD.
Oxlade’s first major solo exhibition was at the Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada in 1963 and his work has been exhibited in various group exhibitions including the John Moores exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (1962), the Hayward Annual (1982) and EAST International at Norwich University (1991). In 2000 Oxlade was included in British Painting: A Selected Exhibition at the Velan Centro di Ate Contemporanea, Turin and most recently Towards Night at the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (2016).
A prolific writer, Oxlade contributed regularly to Modern Painters, Art Monthly, Blunt Edge and The London Magazine. In 2010 Ziggurat Books published Art & Instinct, Selected Writings of Roy Oxlade. He was an outstanding and influential figure in Arts education and in 2012 Oxlade and his wife, the artist Rose Wylie, were the subject of the award winning documentary Rose & Roy by filmmakers Adolfo Doring and Claudia Baez.