London, Archer Gallery, Paintings of Leon Underwood between 1922 and 1952, June – July 1971 (illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, no. 11);
Woking, The Lightbox, 2D:3D – Discover the Art of Sculpture: Sculpture & Sculptors’ Drawings from The Ingram Collection, 1 February – 1 March 2008;
Woking, The Lightbox, The Ingram Collection: Where’s God Now?, 18 July – 27 September 2015
Leon Underwood studied at the Slade School in 1919 after which he embarked on a prolific career as a sculptor, painter and printmaker. In 1920 he started his own school known as the Brook Green School where Henry Moore, Blair Hughes-Stanton and Eileen Agar amongst others were students. Underwood travelled to America in 1926 and painted various portraits using a palette of vibrant, hot colours. The dazzling juxtaposition of the brilliant red angel against the cobalt blue background gives the traditional subject matter and composition a strikingly contemporary feel.