|Tour of the Exhibition by Peter Graham ROI whose painting is on the catalogue cover|
- in the Main Gallery
- 269 paintings in the main exhibition and
- 27 paintings in the the section devoted to the Winsor & Newton Young Artist Awards (for artists aged 35 and under)
You can see some of the members works online.
The exhibition is across all the galleries - so looks bigger than last year - opened on 30 November and closes at 1pm on Saturday 11th December.
"The ROI has a proud and independent tradition of providing a vehicle for working artists to gather and exhibit their work, without the need for state patronage or the temptation to submit to the whims of a few big money collectors and dealers"Below is my review and LOTS of photos of the exhibition. First some comments and then who won which prize.
extract from the President's Foreword in the catalogue
"Exclusively oil painting"
The ROI describes itself as being "the only national art society devoted exclusively to oil painting" whereas the reality is that it also includes quite a lot of painting in acrylic. It occurs to me that I also probably see as many (if not more) paintings in oil at other annual exhibitions of some national art societies.
That said if you cast an eye over the catalogue there's a LOT more oil paintings this year than there have been in the past.
I must confess I have a bit of a "niggle" about media-based art societies which describe themselves in one way when actually they do another. I'm particularly fed up with the infiltration of acrylic across both oil and watercolour societies when it's neither! We seem to have arrived at definitions of a media based society which revolves around "looks like" rather than "really is". Why the acrylic painters can't get their act together to create a credible national art society of their own is totally beyond me!
How about a rule for ROI members and non-members of ONLY oil paintings in the exhibition next year?