Exhibition updates

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.



Prizes and Awards


 

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”



View more work from the exhibition here

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Matthew Draper, Evening Mist from the Monument (detail)

Top Ten Royal Institute of Oil Painters works 2015

The launch of our new website in December 2014 allows a perfect digital platform to showcase the Annual Exhibitions of the Federation of British Artists Societies.

Over 1,800 works from the FBA Annual Exhibitions have been uploaded to mallgalleries.org.uk and viewed almost 40,000 time throughout 2015.

Listed below from one to ten are the most popular works from the Royal Institute of Oil Painters based on the number of unique page visits the work received. Congratulations to Adibanji Alade for having the most popular work online in the ROI Annual Exhibition 2015.



Adibanji Alade AROI, Rain & Reflections: Cannon Street II

Oil

34 x 39 cm


Hashim Akib, Circus

Acrylic

80 x 100 cm


Hashim Akib, Rain

Acrylic

70 x 100 cm


Peter Barker RSMA, Frozen

Oil

43 x 54 cm


Adebanji Alade, Colours, Rain & Reflections

Oil

36 x 40 cm


Anna Dennis, During the Summer

Oil

90 x 100 cm


Adebanji Alade AROI, Drizzly Day, Green Park

Oil

35 x 40 cm


Malcolm Ashman ROI, Dartmoor Series, April 2015

Oil

33 x 33 cm


David Curtis RSMA ROI, Midwinter - Mission Spring

Oil

46 x 56 cm


Mo Teeuw, Norfolk Stream

Oil

35 x 35 cm


Call for Entries

Founded in 1882, the ROI seeks works in oils and is the only national art society devoted exclusively to oil painting. The call for entries open on 23 May 2016.

For more information please click here.



 

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Adebanji Alade AROI, Rain & Reflections: Cannon Street II (detail)

Top Ten Royal Society of Marine Artists works 2015

The launch of our new website in December 2014 allows a perfect digital platform to showcase the Annual Exhibitions of the Federation of British Artists Societies.

Over 1,800 works from the FBA Annual Exhibitions have been uploaded to mallgalleries.org.uk and viewed almost 40,000 time throughout 2015.

Listed below from oneto ten are the most popular works from the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition based on the number of unique page visits the work received. Congratulations to Sheena Bevis-White for having the most popular work online from the RSMA Annual Exhibition 2015.



Sheena Bevis-White, Juno

Oil

60 x 70 cm


Peter Barker RSMA, Autumn Sunlight, Brancaster Staithe

Oil

49 x 57 cm


Peter Barker RSMA, Summer Sparkle, Burnham Overy Staithe

Oil

39 x 49 cm


Jamal Akib, Pull 2

Oil

67 x 126 cm


Peter Barker RSMA, November Midday Mousehole

Oil

54 x 69 cm


Sophi Beharrell, Turbulent Times

Acrylic

32 x 43 cm


Rob Adams, Still Evening Newport

Watercolour

22 x 30 cm


Fred Beckett RSMA FROI Hon RI Hon RBA, The Old Basin, Honfleur

Oil

42 x 52 cm


Lorraine Abraham RSMA, Repair and Renovation, Reykjavik Harbour

Watercolour

46 x 51 cm


Jamal Akib, Solo

Oil

67 x 126 cm


Call for Entries

The RSMA seeks submissions of painting and sculpture inspired by the sea and the marine environment, including harbours and shorelines, traditional craft and contemporary shipping, creeps, beaches and wildlife. The Call for Entries open on Monday 21 March 2016.

For more information please click here.


 

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Lorraine Abraham RSMA, Repaire and Renovation, Reykjavik Harbour (detail)

Top Ten New English Art Club works 2015

The launch of our new website in December 2014 allows a perfect digital platform to showcase the Annual Exhibitions of the Federation of British Artists Societies.

Over 1,800 works from the FBA Annual Exhibitions have been uploaded to mallgalleries.org.uk and viewed almost 40,000 time throughout 2015.

Listed below from one to ten are the most popular works from the New English Art Club Annual Open Exhibition based on the number of unique page visits the work received. Congratulations to Peter Clossick NEAC for having the most popular work online from the NEAC Annual Open Exhibition 2015.

 

Peter Clossick NEAC, Juliet Yardley Mills

Oil

91 x 76 cm


Jessica Miller, Standing Male Life Sketch

Carbon pencil

33 x 24 cm


Rebecca Cains, Jaguare E-Type in Scrap Yard

Oil

61 x 56 cm


Martin Yeoman NEAC, Woman Bending Over

Oil

168 x 213 cm


Anthony Morris RP NEAC, Wells Cathedral

Oil

38 x 28 cm


Michael Whittlesea NEAC, Winter Garden

Oil

33 x 43 cm


Bernard Dunstan RA PS, Alice Coote at the Wingmore Hall

Oil

38 x 33 cm


Julian Bailey NEAC, Buying Art

Gouache

28 x 32 cm


Louise Balaam NEAC, Cairngorms in Sunlit Cloud

Oil

41 x 41 cm


June Berry NEAC, Digging

Oil

51 x 48 cm


Call for Entries

The NEAC seeks work which demonstrates excellence in both concept and draughtsmanship. The Call for Entries is currently open, submit your artwork before Friday 4 March 2016.

For more information please click here.


 

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Peter Clossick NEAC, Juliet Yardley Mills (detail)

Top Ten Royal Society of Portrait Painters works 2015

The launch of our new website in December 2014 allows a perfect digital platform to showcase the Annual Exhibitions of the Federation of British Artists Societies.

Over 1,800 works from the FBA Annual Exhibitions have been uploaded to mallgalleries.org.uk and viewed almost 40,000 time throughout 2015.

Listed below from one to ten are the most popular works from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition based on the number of unique page visits the work received. Congratulations to Jennifer Anderson for having the most popular portrait online for the RP Annual Exhibition 2015.



Jennifer Anderson, The Directors: A Portrait of Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, London, and Tom Campbell, Director of the Metropolitan Museum, New York

Oil

120 cm x 120 cm


Simon Davis, Standing Nude

Oil

71 x 61 cm


Paul Brason PPRP, Mary Rees-Mogg

Pencil

61 cm x 46 cm


Nashunmenghe, Elizabeth

Oil

40 x 30 cm


Liane Stevenson, Benedict.2.

Oil

84 x 69 cm


Jane Bond RP NEAC, Lady Buckinghamshire

Oil

79 x 74 cm


Claire Anscomb, Veil

Graphite

28 cm x 35 cm


Tim Benson VPROI, Clifford

Oil

31 cm x 26 cm


Brendan Kelly RP, Fabio

Acrylic

100 cm x 112 cm


Keith Breeden RP, Professor Lord Krebs of Wytham, Principal of Jesus College, Oxford

Oil

100 x 90 cm


Call for Entries

The RP seeks submissions of new and traditional interpretations of portraiture. The Call for Entries is currently open, submit your artwork before Friday 29 January 2016.

For more information please click here.


 

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Jennifer Anderson, The Directors: A Portrait of Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, London, and Tom Campbell, Director of the Metropolitan Museum, New York (detail)

Top Ten Royal Society of British Artists works 2015

The launch of our new website in December 2014 allows a perfect digital platform to showcase the Annual Exhibitions of the Federation of British Artists Societies.

Over 1,800 works from the FBA Annual Exhibitions have been uploaded to mallgalleries.org.uk and viewed almost 40,000 time throughout 2015.

Listed below from one to ten are the most popular works from the Royal Society of British Artists based on the number of unique page visits the work received. Congratulations to Sarah Woolfenden for having the most popular work online in the RBA Annual Exhibition 2015.



Sarah Woolfenden, Silver Birches

Pen

69 x 48 cm

 


Annie Boisseau, As Dusk Descends on an August Night

Acrylic & shellac

31 x 36 cm


Sharon Low, Have Bunny, Will Travel!

Linocut

50 cm x 40 cm


Annie Boisseau, Squally Day

Acrylic

35 cm x 41 cm




 

Tom Greenwood, Faith

Oil

80 x 40 cm


Tony Wells, Big Dig, Charing Cross Road

Charcoal

30 x 41 cm


Lantian D, Passersby (10): Butterflies

Oil

30 x 40 cm


Andrew Marr Hon. RBA, Raw Fields, E. Devon

Oil

123 x 42 cm


Peter Brown Hon. RBA NEAC PS ROI RP, The 'Prêt' Chef and the Two Fur Coats, Picadilly, February 2014

Oil

64 cm x 50 cm


Colin Hayes, Harvest Time

Pastel

45 x 45 cm

 

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Andrew Marr Hon. RBA, Raw Fields, E. Devon (detail)

Top Ten Pastel Society works 2015

The launch of our new website in December 2014 allows a perfect digital platform to showcase the Annual Exhibitions of the Federation of British Artists Societies.

Over 1,800 works from the FBA Annual Exhibitions have been uploaded to mallgalleries.org.uk and viewed almost 40,000 times throughout 2015.

Listed below from one to ten are the most popular works from the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition Look Again based on the number of unique page visits the work received.

Congratulations to Mike Clapton for having the most popular work online in the PS Annual Exhibition 2015. 



Mike Clapton, Take Care

Compressed Charcoal

110 x 85 cm


Barry Freeman, Dusk - Spa Hill

Oil pastel

90 x 90 cm


Michael Norman PS, Dusk at Turf Locks

Soft Pastel

67 x 82 cm


Joanne Last PS, Almost There

Pastel

76 x 76 cm


Liz Balkwill, Sunflowers

Pastel

57 x 47


Jan Munro, Red Chair and Apples

Pastel

62 x 50 cm


Felicity House PS, Oxfords The Bakers

Pastel

64 x 83 cm


Tony Allain PS, Campanille, Venice

Soft Pastels

28 x 28 cm


Max Baccanello, Deadly Sin

Pastel and Conte

60 x 120 cm


Caroline Bays PS, Nude with Red Hair

Charcoal & Pastel

80 x 102

 

 

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Michael Norman PS, Dusk at Turf Locks (detail)