Artist and art critic Estelle Lovatt FRSA shares her thoughts on the recent Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition.

The Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) Annual Exhibition very successfully exhibited the exciting art from many of the UK’s superb, indeed breath-taking artists. From young painters, and artists selected from the open call, alongside more established time-honoured names of the Institute; from the immensely talented Tim Benson, President of the ROI, to the inventive Young Artist Awards winner, Bernadett Timko (Lazy Boy - Study of Max II).

I love this exhibition because it is a real occasion to measure the non-stop progress of oil painting within the hubbub of our contemporary art world. This year, I was particularly impressed by the very strong presence of ‘light’, emanating from the artworks following me around the gallery. Some of my favourites (there really are too many to mention) were Adebanji Alade (Reflections, Shadows and Colours, St Paul’s); David Curtis (Morning Coffee, Seville); Barry Peckham (Innes Harbour, Lyme Regis); Nicholas Verrall (St Tropez, High Summer); Peter Wileman (Just before Dawn, Albert Bridge).

And after last year’s popular introduction of ‘an exhibition within an exhibition’, 2019 included a mini show on the theme of ‘London’, including Dennis Syrett (Savoy Hotel).

I’ve had a great 2019 time as Mall Galleries Art Expert in Residence.  With thanks, and Season’s Greetings, Happy holidays, and a Happy New Year all of you…