The arrival of a new exhibition also marks the arrival of a new selection of products from our bookshop so we’ve selected a few highlights we think you’ll love.

To kick off our list we have two exclusive greetings cards by Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) member artists Susan Bower and John Sprakes. Their works, ‘Places to Go’ and ‘Distorted Circles and Rectangles’ will be on view in the exhibition alongside available to buy as limited edition cards. 

Another new edition to our shelves is Sprakes latest publication, ‘Journey in Abstraction’. This hardback edition is filled with stunning colour images and short essays written by Sprakes detailing his artistic approach and transition from figurative to abstract art. Born in Doncaster, Sprakes attributes his earliest artistic endeavour as painting the families front door at the age of 3 before venturing off to paint and draw the surrounding countryside. Documenting the landscape would continue to play a key focal point throughout his 60 year career experimenting with different media and artistic approaches. Pick up a signed copy in the shop whilst stocks last!

Our next bookshop highlight has been hastily restocked after selling out numerous times; ‘In Perspective’ by Robert E. Wells RBA NEAC has proved popular with visitors who recognised Wells' work from exhibitions held here at the Mall Galleries and others across London and the UK. Much like Sprakes, Wells is inspired by the rural and urban landscapes he visits, often painting directly from the subject whatever the weather. This retrospective is an exploration into the artists work and practice in his own words; he discusses his love of capturing the weird and unusual aspects of everyday life with a desire to present a different perspective to familiar scenes from country walks to London landmarks. 

Moving away from our selection of art books and onto some gift ideas brings us to a charming little book which has become one of our fastest selling and most popular titles. Beryl Cook will be a name recognised by some as the Cornish painter who became a household name in her hometown during the 1960s before gaining popularity across the UK in the decades following. In ‘30 Cakes to eat Naked’ Cook’s distinctive style of lighthearted, joyful paintings accompany a delicious selection of recipes for cakes so good “you’ll want to eat them naked”. For those looking for ‘a little something’ to treat yourselves (or maybe someone else), this book is the perfect gift to make anyone smile.

Last on our list of highlights is a brand new collection of jewellery from Zincwhite. This Yorkshire based company produces a selection of jewellery, fashion accessories and homewares with sustainability and upcycling in mind. Zincwhite combine discarded art and craft materials such as pencils, paintbrushes and old canvases with bio-resin, reclaimed hardwoods, metal and eco-silver into fun, contemporary products. The arc necklace and matching circular earrings come in an assortment of different colours and paint-splatter effects with each a little different and slightly unique from the other. 

The Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition is open until Sunday 14th July. We look forward to seeing you there!

All products featured are available to purchase from our bookshop:

  • John Sprakes, ‘Distorted Circles and Rectangles’, Greetings Card, £2.95
  • Susan Bowler, ‘Places to Go’ Greetings Card, £2.95
  • Robert Wells, ‘In Perspective’, £20
  • John Sprakes, ‘Journey into Abstraction’, £35
  • Beryl Cook, ‘30 Cakes to Eat Naked’, £8.99
  • Zincwhite Jewellery, Paint Circle Earrings (Assorted Colours) £15.00
  • Zincwhite Jewellery, Painted Arc Necklace (Assorted Colours) £24.00
  • RBA Catalogue 2019 £6 (incl P&P)