Exhibition updates

Society of Wildlife Artists Prize Winners 2016

Daniel Cole, Great Black Baked Gull and Rooks, Camel Estuary

The Society of Wildlife Artists 53rd Annual Exhibition The Natural Eye opened at Mall Galleries on October 26. In her President's Foreword, Harriet Mead thanked the artists, gallery staff, supporters and sponsors for working together towards another exciting exhibition.

Thank you to all the artists who exhibited this year and a special congratulations to all the prize and award winners.


Prizes and Awards

 

Daniel Cole SWLA, High Tide on the Fal River wins the @dry_red_press Award at the Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition

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Robert Gillmor SWLA, Shore Larks winner of the @rspb_love_nature Award at the Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition

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Daniel Cole SWLA, Great Black Baked Gull and Rooks, Camel Estuary

Royal Society of Marine Artists Prize Winners 2016

Borello-Wendy-Turbulence in the Laguna Veneta

This year's Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition opened on 28 September. This year the Royal Society of Marine Artists celebrate 50 years of Royal status by mounting their largest-ever exhibition, occupying all three gallery spaces at Mall Galleries. Thank you to all the artists who exhibited this year and a special congratulations to all the prize and award winners.


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Mick Dean, Under the Wharf. Winner of the Topbond Marine Award at this years RSMA Annual Exhibition.

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Wendy Borello, Turbulence in the Laguna Veneta

Winsor & Newton Award Winner Announced

Mark Finch, Circean Poisons

Congratulations to Mark Finch for winning the Winsor & Newton Award at this year's New English Art Club (NEAC) Annual Open Exhibition.

The winner of the prize - £500 worth of Winsor & Newton art materials - was decided by public vote from visitors to the exhibition.

Mark's work, Circean Poisons, won easily with 27 per cent of the vote.

Circean Poisons has its origins in the classic Greek tale of the Odyssey. It broadly depicts the story of Odysseus and his crews' plight at the hands of the enchantress Circe. In the myth, witch-goddess Circe (seated on the helter-skelter in the painting) turns Odysseus's men into pigs as a punishment for their poor, gluttonous behaviour at a feast thrown in their honour. Mark says of his modern take on the myth that it 'casts a spotlight on the attitudes in, and behaviour of, today's society.' Critiquing contemporary masculinity, the men in the painting don pig masks, drink to excess, and run amok at the funfair. 

Thank you to all who visited the exhibition and voted for their favourite work, to Winsor & Newton for sponsoring the Award, and congratulations again to Mark

Mark Finch Circean Poisons

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Mark Finch, Cicean Poisons (detail)

The New English Art Club Prize Winners 2016

The New English Art Club Annual Open Exhibition 2016 opened on 16 June. Thank you to all the artists who exhibited this year and a special congratulations to all the prize and award winners.


 

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Charlotte Sorapure, Catching the Light (Detail)

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Prize Winners 2016

This year's Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition was opened on 4 May. Thank you to all artists who exhibited this year and a special congratulations to all the prize and award winners 


Prizes and Awards

 

The Smallwood Architects Prize has been won by Lyn Gray for her work Stephen with Bill

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Richard Foster RP, Trinity House (detail)

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Prize Winners 2016

The 204th Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Annual Exhibition opened on 6 April. In the President's Foreward, Andy Wood commented on how this year we are are continuing our encouragment of young painters with some new prizes added to our list of awards. 


Prizes and Awards

 

Zi Ling, Rikishi Winner of the @leathersellersco Prize in the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 2016 Exhibition

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Geoffrey Wynne, Greek Sketches, Syros (detail)

Alexander Goudie RP RGI: A Retrospective

 

Alexander Goudie (1933-2004) was one of Scotland’s leading figurative painters.  Goudie was distinguished as a portrait painter and painted the Queen, Lord Chancellors, business tycoons and celebrities, including Billy Connolly.  He was also notorious for a series of nude self-portraits in which he took on the guise of mythical figures including Bacchus and Neptune.



Goudie trained at the Glasgow School of Art in the 1950s.  His virtuoso painting style was directly influenced by the legacy of the Scottish Colourists and The Glasgow Boys.

Alexander Goudie RP RGI, Self Portrait - Hommage to Van Gogh

Throughout his life he laboured upon a series of passion projects.  He designed sets and costumes for Oscar Wilde’s play 'Salome' and the Opera by Richard Strauss.  In a series of huge canvasses he illustrated Robert Burns’ Gothic tale 'Tam o’Shanter. The series of 54 paintings were purchased for the nation and are on permanent exhibition at Rozelle House in Alloway, Burns’ birthplace.  Goudie was a sculptor, a ceramicist and decorated the interiors of great ships, notably the 25,000 tonne flagship of the Brittany Ferries fleet, ‘Le Bretagne’.

Alexander Goudie’s wife and muse, Marie-Renee, comes from Brittany.  During annual visits to the region, taken over 45 years, Goudie painted the portrait of a rural community of farmers and fishermen that remained virtually unchanged from the place, which had inspired 19th Century artists, like Paul Gauguin.

This exhibition will include work from across the whole of his career, including paintings, drawings, sculpture and ceramics. 

Alexander Goudie was a formative influence upon his son, the artist Lachlan Goudie ROI, one of the judges in the BBC TV series 'The Big Painting Challenge’ and the presenter of a 4 part BBC4 series, ‘The Story of Scottish art’.

Lachlan remembers growing up in a bohemian creative household where he regularly had to sit for his portrait and negotiate his school-friends around a house decorated with nude paintings of his mother.  ‘Had it not been for my father I doubt I would ever have become a painter myself’.

Alexander Goudie was elected a member of the prestigious Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP) and the Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI).



Alexander Goudie RP RGI: A Retrospective

Open 11 to 16 April 2016, 10am to 5pm

Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1

Admission Free

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Alexander Goudie RP RGI, The Chase (detail)

The Royal Society of British Artists Prize Winners 2016

The 299th Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition opened on 17 March. Opening the exhibition, James Horton, President of the RBA said that The RBA has been working continuously to encourage and support talented artists through prizes and awards, upholding the excellent standards of drawing and painting that have existed in Britain for centuries. 


Prizes and Awards

 

Carole Griffin, Narcissism Winner of The Dry Red Press Award at the Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition.

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Meg Dutton, Secret Garden Winner of the Hahnemuhle Fine Art UK Award at the Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition

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Sopio Chkhikvadze, Swimmer Winner of The Michael Harding Award at the Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition

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Rowen Crew, Morning Light Winner of The Michael Harding Award at the Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition

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Rowen Crew RBA, Morning Light

The Pastel Society Prize Winners 2016

The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition opened on 23 February. In her President's Foreword in the catalogue Cheryl Culver thanked Derwent for sponsoring the exhibition and writes how awards are a very important aspect of the exhibition. They benefit the Society by attracting submissions and of course they benefit the individuals who have the good fortune to win them.

The first award was for the prestigious £5,000 Alfred Teddy Smith and Zsuzsi Roboz Award to a young artist under the age of 35, who demonstrates a particular excellence in draughtsmanship and innovative thought. This year the prize was awarded to Peter Matyasi for the three works he has in the exhibition.



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Roland Corbin, Babak Graphite, 66 x 52 cm, £1200 Winner of the @caran_dache Award at the Pastel a Society Annual Exhibition

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Henry Jabbour, Ancient Eyes wins the Artist & Illustrators Award at the #PastelSociety Annual Exhibition #pastelart #pastel

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Patricia Clements, Still Life with Dragons Winner of the Henri Roche Prize at The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition

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Patrick Moffat, The High Window Winner of the Faber Castell / West Design Prize at the #PastelSociety Annual Exhibition

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Preview of The Pastel Society Exhibition 2016

This blog post offers a closer look at six works from the forthcoming Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2016 (open 23 February to 5 March), in the artists’ own words...


Angela A’Court

Yesterday Morning

Soft Pastel, 42 x 52 cm, £650

“For the past 18 months, I have been living in Tokyo. This painting was done during a return home visit – it fell out of me, as a result of being back in familiar surroundings”

 


Diana Armfield

Somewhere The Other Side of The Rialto

Pastel, 36.5 x 38 cm, £1,500

“Memories from many painting visits to Venice inspired this work, which relied upon sketchbook notes and drawings for jogging the memory and invaluable information, even when a ‘not so good’ drawing…”


Pauline Clough

Cat Bells

Oil Pastel, 25.5 x 37 cm, £1,150

“I wanted to portray an organic and simplistic interpretation of Cat Bells in the Lake District. My use of oil pastel directly onto oak removed the need for glass or a frame”


Matthew Draper

Evening Mist from The Monument

Pastel, 101 x 186.5 cm, £10,500

“This work was made as a result of several research trips to the capital during the autumn of 2014. It is a continuation of my interest in nocturnal subject matter, and the obscurity that occurs at this time of day. This is often due to a combination of particular weather conditions and natural or man-made light”


Jenny Halstead

Excavation at Silchester

Pastel, 70 x 68 cm, £875

“This work was completed whilst Artist in Residence at the Roman town at Silchester, Calleva Atrebatum, where I recorded the final excavation (18th) by the Dept. of Archaeology, University of Reading”


Libby January

Macro Hard

Pastel & Mixed Media, 53 x 53 cm, £550

“This new work has been the result of experimenting with pastel on tracing paper. All the vibrancy of pastel colours is heightened by the translucency of the tracing paper but can be modulated into a subtle, almost watercolour effect”



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Matthew Draper, Evening Mist from the Monument (detail)