In 2011, the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) reached it’s centenary year. In commemoration of this, they invited 26 artists to paint the Club’s two stunning premises in Central London and Surrey, culminating in a large exhibition for the Club’s members. The artists were given free reign of the two clubs on a day of their choice and asked to produce paintings for a final exhibition.
Ken Howard OBE and Pete ‘the Street’ Brown NEAC RP chose external views of the RAC on Pall Mall, in winter and summer respectively, with red buses hurtling past it’s façade.
Some, such as Sue Ryder RP NEAC and Robbie Wraith RP chose to depict the vast gold-gilded dining room whereas, others ventured outside to the terrace where the Club backs out onto the private gardens of Carlton House Terrace.
At Woodcote Park, the Club’s country home, the artists took in the sweeping views and the parked vintage cars on show, reminding members of summer days spent there.
The final exhibition was extremely well-received, with many members taking home paintings of their club. We have been commissioning exhibitions with the RAC every year since.
The Club Room by Glyns Ambrose PS
End of the Day Pall Mall by Peter Brown NEAC RP
Morning in the Great Gallery by Roger Dellar ROI
Fine Dining Preparations by Pauline Fazakerley RI
Members Sitting Room by Felicity House PS
The RAC Snow Effect by Ken Howard OBE RA
Dining with Roses by Sue Ryder NEAC RP
The Front of the RAC Club by Melissa Scott-Miller NEAC RP
Reflected Grandeur by Peter Vincent PS
The Grand Gallery II by Robbie Wraith RP