10am to 5pm (closes 1pm on final day)

29 October 2015 to 8 November 2015
Main Gallery, North Gallery & Threadneedle Space

Admission: £3, Concession £2.50, Free to Friends of Mall Galleries, SWLA Friends, National Art Pass Holders and under 18s.

The Natural Eye, the annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists, shows the very best of art inspired by the natural world. The open exhibition shows a wide range of contemporary work from both members and non-members which celebrates the wild whether it is close to home or further afield. The different approaches to the subject ensures a delightful mix of the detailed to the more abstract in many different media including oils, watercolours, pastels, printmaking, drawing and sculpture.  

Many of our artists set great store by understanding their subject and working from life. This is reflected in the major SWLA collaboration with the British Trust for Ornithology, showing fieldwork from our artists depicting summer migrants in the UK, and the collaboration with the RSPB to document the creation of a major new wetland reserve at Wallasea Island in Essex.

Chris Rose, winner of the Wildlife Trusts Undersea Art Award will display work inspired by his experiences diving off the UK coast. The SWLA’s support of emerging artists continues by awarding bursaries to attend the Seabird Drawing Course in Scotland, the latest three recipients will have selected work on show.

There will be a number of events held during the exhibition including artist’s talks, portfolio day and printmaking workshops. For more details, visit: www.swla.co.uk



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Exhibiting artists

Selected Works

Click on an image to enquire about purchasing a work from this exhibition

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Dash of red

John Threlfall SWLA
Mixed media, 63 x 63 cm, £640
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Eye to eye

John Threlfall SWLA
Pastel, 43 x 38 cm, £300
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Fidra Puffin

John Threlfall SWLA
Pastel, 46 x 38 cm, £300
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Grey Seals, Portnahaven, Islay

John Threlfall SWLA
Mixed media, 46 x 76 cm, £640
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Hanging around

John Threlfall SWLA
Oil, 67 x 89 cm, £940
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Lapwings and company

John Threlfall SWLA
Mixed media, 47 x 63 cm, SOLD
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Winter Harrier

John Threlfall SWLA
Mixed media, 58 x 90 cm, £740
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Jungle path with Scarlet Macaw

John Tordoff
Collage and acrylic, 46 x 50 cm, SOLD

Courtship on the heath, Graylings

Richard Tratt SWLA
Oil, 28 x 43 cm, SOLD

Dark green Fritillary and Marbled Whites, Durlston

Richard Tratt SWLA
Oil, 69 x 64 cm, £1,500

Grasses and Common Blue

Richard Tratt SWLA
Oil, 54 x 64 cm, £695

Painted Lady and Common Blue

Richard Tratt SWLA
Oil, 35 x 30 cm, SOLD

Pearl-bordered Fritillaries

Richard Tratt SWLA
Oil, 28 x 42 cm, SOLD

Small Copper, Ringlet and Brown Argus

Richard Tratt SWLA
Oil, 38 x 43 cm, SOLD

The Red Admiral

Richard Tratt SWLA
Oil, 35 x 30 cm, SOLD

Thistle visitors

Richard Tratt SWLA
Oil, 61 x 76 cm, £950
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Blackbird and Windfalls

Simon Turvey SWLA
Oil, 42 x 52 cm, SOLD


Simon Turvey SWLA
Oil, 39 x 39 cm, £875

Green Violetear Hummingbird - Colombia

Simon Turvey SWLA
Watercolour, 38 x 44 cm, £845

Herring Gulls - Dungeness

Simon Turvey SWLA
Oil, 52 x 52 cm, SOLD
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Little Owl

Simon Turvey SWLA
Oil, 49 x 39 cm, £645
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Simon Turvey SWLA
Watercolour, 50 x 40 cm, £785

Scarlet Macaws - Amazon

Simon Turvey SWLA
Oil, 71 x 56 cm, £2,645
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Sloth with young - Peru

Simon Turvey SWLA
Oil, 52 x 42 cm, £745

Fox study

Esther Tyson SWLA

Related events

Special event
29 October 2015 to 8 November 2015
SWLA members will be on hand in the gallery during the exhibition to offer insight and answer any questions about the Society
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Special event
29 October 2015
An illustrated talk by Darren Rees on his latest project, as Artist in Residence in Antarctica.
Artist Workshop
31 October 2015
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Special event
3 November 2015
An illustrated talk by Chris Rose SWLA on his latest work, based on his experiences as recipient of the SWLA Wildlife Trusts Diving Bursary.
Special event
6 November 2015
An illustrated talk by Carry Akroyd SWLA on the poetry of John Clare and how his words has influenced her work.
Artist Workshop
7 November 2015
Artist Workshop
8 November 2015
Workshop with Bruce Pearson SWLA and Greg Poole SWLA.