Ed Ruscha (1937-) has shaped the way we see the American landscape over the span of his influential six-decade career. Elegant, highly distilled, and often humorous, Ruscha’s work conveys a unique brand of visual American Zen. Ruscha’s ‘Course of Empire’ focuses on the industrial buildings of Los Angeles. He evoked Thomas Cole’s famous painting cycle of 1833-36,’The Course of Empire’ currently also on display at the National Gallery. Patrons will enjoy an early morning private viewing of the exhibition.
At 19 Lydia Corbett, then called Sylvette David, became Picasso’s muse, sitting for some of his finest paintings.Their meeting would alter Sylvette’s life although she already had artistic aspirations for herself. Throughout the course of an itinerant and somewhat erratic life, Lydia has found a single and enduring strength of purpose through painting and sculpture. Over 200 works, oils and watercolours along with ceramics and other three-dimensional works will be in the exhibition.
Generations of artists have sought inspiration from the sea and that tradition continues today. Our annual exhibition will feature some 400 works, by RSMA members and a new generation of artists who have discovered the fascination of the sea. Join us for the Private View and meet the artists in person.
Portrait artist Brendan Kelly invites patrons to join him for an evening in his studio, to talk about his technique, the relationship between artist and sitter, his work as a war artist and some of his previous commissions such as BBC war correspondent Kate Aide and Cricketer, Sir Viv Richards (pictured)
Private viewing of the Mantegna and Bellini exhibition at the National Gallery
A tale of two artists and brothers-in-law, ‘Mantegna and Bellini’ tells a story of art, family, rivalry, and personality. Andrea Mantegna’s brilliant compositional innovation and Giovanni Bellini’s atmospheric, natural landscapes were groundbreaking – no one had seen anything like it before.
The exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to see the many and varied ways in which artists use oil paint today, from a traditional approach to this highly technical media through to more innovative uses of material, style and content. Join us for the Private View and meet the artists in person.
Curator led tour of Sir Richard Wallace: The Collector
This year the Wallace Collection opens its new £1.2 million exhibition space with Sir Richard Wallace: The Collector, an exhibition celebrating 200 years since the birth of the museum’s founder, Sir Richard Wallace. A major international philanthropist and cultural luminary of his time, yet also an enigmatic and private individual, Sir Richard believed in sharing his inheritance with a wider audience. He was also a prominent collector, adding extensively to the Collection prior to his death in 1890.
An historic house, museum and library of distinguished 19th century neo-classical architect Sir John Soane. At Soane’s request, the house has been left untouched since his death – almost 180 years ago. It holds many drawings and models of Soane’s projects and the collections of paintings, drawings and antiquities that he assembled, including paintings by Canaletto, Hogarth and JMW Turner.
Showcasing the outstanding art graduates of 2018, selected from across the country by members of the Federation of British Artists (FBA). The exhibition will be an exciting mix of degree show and newly made painting, sculpture and original prints, all exploring contemporary figuration and ideas of representation and draughtsmanship.
Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). The only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the United Kingdom, it is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century, built as a “private palace of art”.
Private View of The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition
Featuring works created in pastel, pencil, chalk and charcoal, The Pastel Society exhibits abstract and experimental works alongside traditional representation. Join us for the Private View and meet the artists in person
Private View of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Annual Exhibition
Works on display are produced by members of the RI and other artists whose pictures have been selected to hang alongside these by the RI Council, including many young painters using water-soluble media in often new and exciting ways. Join us for the Private View and meet the artists in person.
Private View of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition
You’ll see portraiture in all its guises; from its most public manifestation to its most intimate – all of it distinguished by excellence. It’s where serious portrait painters want to exhibit. Join us for the Private View and mee the artists and their sitters in person
Private View of the New English Art Club Annual Exhibition
The New English is a vibrant and diverse group of widely admired visual artists whose highly collectable work is based principally upon direct observation of nature and the human figure. Join us for the Private View and meet the artists in person
Charleston is a unique museum preserving the home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Charleston today promotes the legacy of the Bloomsbury group, which included Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes and E.M.Forster. We will travel from London, have lunch locally in Berwick then visit the house outside public opening hours and have time to explore the beautiful gardens.
An Introduction to the history of the magnificent 18th century building from Tudor intrigue to Georgian enlightenment, visiting the Lightwells (an atmospheric area used in many films and TV programmes), the Deadhouse, graceful staircases and the fabulous Edmund J Safra Fountain Court.