Friday, March 30, 2007

Royal Watercolour Society: Art Event Day 1st April

Café Interior Paris
Francis Bowyer PPRWS
copyright Francis Bowyer

The Royal Watercolour Society is having an Art Event Day this Sunday 1st April at the Bankside Gallery in London. I've been to one of these before and they're very interesting.

Between 12.00 and 4.00pm you can:
  • watch while six members of the Society draw and paint a model. Admission is £5. Free for members
  • have a personal critique of your own portfolio of artwork with artists June Berry and Olwen Jones. £20 for half an hour. Friend - priority booking and reduce fee of £15.
To book, phone 020 7928 7521 or e-mail

It's a great opportunity to see the techniques of different artists and to be able to ask questions. The six members participating in the art event are: Francis Bowyer, Past President of the RWS, Tom Coates, Karolina Larusdottir, Michael McGuinness, David Paskett and Michael Whittlesea.

You can see examples of their work and mini bios about them on the members page of the Royal Watercolour Society. Just hover your mouse pointer over the RWS bit at the bottom of the Bankside Gallery website and then select Current Members and then select a members name.

And you can also see the Spring Exhibition of the Royal Watercolour Society which I reviewed last week here.

Note about the artist:
Francis Bowyer is a Past President of the Royal Watercolour Society. He gained his BA (Hons) in Art & Design from St. Martin’s School of Art and studied figure drawing and painting at the Chelsea School of Art. A winner of the St. Cuthberts Mill Award, the Arts Club Prize, and the W.H. Patterson Fine Art Award, his work included in the Royal Collection and H.R.H. The Prince of Wales’ Collection.

Like many of the previous Presidents of the Royal Watercolour Society, Francis Bowyer comes from a family of artists; both his parents, his brother and his wife are all painters or designers. He himself spent a few years designing toys before returning to paints his pictures, which are full of colour and light. Much of his painting is does at Walberswick where the Bowyer family have a home. Bowyer now also teaches life drawing at the Royal Academy schools.


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