Rowland Suddaby was born in Yorkshire and studied initially at the Sheffield College of Art, moved to London in the Thirties and began exhibiting at the Redfern Gallery; more recently at Austin/Desmond in Bloomsbury. A passionate and responsive painter of the post-war landscape. Suddaby has featured in the Recording Britain project and is held in many public collections, including the V & A Museum, London. His post war work draws mainly on the North Essex countryside and the Blackwater estuary, sometimes Cornwall and the North York moors; always recognisable with the dynamic use of black inks, compositions reflecting shifting skies and tree lines. Along with colleagues such as John Nash and Edward Bawden, Suddaby was deeply involved in the Colchester Art Society as a founder member. His later years were spent as Curator to the Gainsborough's House Museum in Sudbury, Suffolk.
Like Nash and Bawden, Suddaby worked in the design world as well, producing textiles and furnishings designs, posters for Shell and prints.