Getting ready, Worthing yacht Club (oil) Lorraine Abraham RSMA
The RSMA is a member of the Federation of British Artists and its 62nd annual exhibition is currently on display at the home of the gallery home of the Federation - the Mall Galleries near Trafalgar Square in London until 28th October. I didn't spend as much time as I'd have liked in this exhibition as I also wanted to see the exhibition of Miniature Art (featured yesterday) so I'm going again after my lecture at the National Gallery next week. I'll be trying to make sure I'm there in time to see the demonstration by Paul Banning RSMA who will be painting in oils. I really like his work - you can see his marine work here. He has that happy talent like David Curtis (whose work I adore!) of making watercolours and oils look very similar. You can see a watercolour demonstration on his website.
There is a programme of demonstrations during the course of the exhibition - with artists demonstrating in different media - dates, artists and media used are as follows - 21st: John Lines - oil; 22nd: Stanley Andrews - watercolour; 23rd: Bruce Mulcahy - gouache and 25th: David Allen - pastel.
Although the Society doesn't have a virtual exhibition of You can also see more example of work by the members in the website gallery. Click on an image to get a larger view.
The membership of the Society is relatively small - you can see the names of the members here - but the exhibition certainly wasn't! It displayed 333 works in the main exhibition plus the work of the 10 finalists for the Young Marine Artists Shipwrights' Prize - which was won by Laura Rouse with a splendid 'fresh' gouache painting of beach huts.
This year sees the first award of the Young Marine artists prize, worth £700 in total, sponsored by the Workshipful Company of Shipwrights. Work has beel selected from young artists in the 16-25 age range, taking as their inspiration the sea itself, the coast and seaside, ships and sailing craft, beaches and wildlife, portrait and people, history or anything that goes with the maritim theme.Prizewinners in the main exhibition are as follows:
- The Pears Prize for the best painting by a non-Member - Ivan Lapper
- The 'Classic Boat' Prize - Jenny Morgan
- Conway 'Age of Sail' Prize - Ross Ryan (Belinda del Pesco will be interested to know that this was a large and rather splendid collograph)
- St. Cuthbert's Watercolour Prize - Keith Noble ARSMA - an admirable demonstration of the qualities of the paper in relation to wet in wet watercolour and scratching out
Most of the work is representational erring towards realism but there were some elements of pushing towards abstraction. All media seem to be represented but there were lots and lots of watercolours but fewer print works than one might have expected. There's a distinct dominance of UK marine and tidal river scenes but overseas was also represented.
Low water at Beer (watercolour and bodycolour) Colin Allbrook RI, RSMA
Entries are welcome both from artists who have a marine interest, and from people involved with the sea - marine industry, youth organisations, or marine sports - who think they have artistic talent to offer. All art media are acceptable, including paint, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, and sculpture (gallery contraints do not admit installations or video). The maritime theme must be the inspiration. This can include the sea itself, the coast and seaside, ships and sailing craft, beaches and wildlife, portraits and people, history, or anything else that goes with the sea.Now all I have to do is find out why a certain artist of my acquaintance who does marine art all the time isn't exhibiting at this exhibition! Mind you it always surprises me how many waterscapes I do and I think I might just have a go at getting my marine scenes from last year's travels with a sketchbook in the USA worked up in time for the deadline for submissions for next year's exhibition - under the theme of 'From sea to shining sea - California to Cape Cod"!
Society of Marine Artists page on Federation website
- Royal Society of Marine Artists
- Mall Galleries 17 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5BD Tel: 020 7930 6844 Fax: 020 7839 7830 firstname.lastname@example.org