photos copyright Katherine Tyrrell
Yesterday I visited the Mall Galleries to see the annual exhibition by the Wapping Group of Artists.
The Wapping Group was formally founded in1946 and initially met to record the busy life of London's dockland. Since then, the range of locations has widened in response to the changes of The Thames – on any Wednesday between April and September members of the Group may now be found in any weather at a rendezvous anywhere from inland Henley and out to The Estuary. This companionable band of just 25 dedicated and capable painters maintains the original Group aims of fellowship and enthusiastic recording and interpretation of the River.The artists show 4 paintings each and all the paintings are of the river and/or places near to the river. I particularly liked the way the exhibition had been hung. The emphasis is very much on plein air paintings. Here are some of the places I saw in the titles of paintings: Marlow, Isleworth, Twickenham, Tollesbury, Custom House, Greenwich, Bugsbys Reach, Maldon, Medway, Faversham, St Osyth.
Wapping group website
...the Group is proud to have remained exactly what it first set out to be: a small group of fellow-artists, appreciating each other's company while painting outdoors together in all weathers.The group includes renowned marine artists such as Trevor Chamberlain ROI, RSMA (who is a past President and organises the programme of outings) and Bert Wright PPRSMA, FRSA (the current President).
Almost incidentally, it has recorded the changing face of London and the river Thames for over sixty years.
My personal preference is for the watercolours of Paul Banning RO, RSMA, AROI, although yesterday I was very impressed with the watercolours of Alan Runagell RSMA. You can see examples of their below.
Mall Galleries. It opened with a Private View on Sunday and closes at 4pm on Saturday 7th March. Details of further exhibitions later in the year are available on the website.
I avoid the Private View having been to one before. The reason why is a compliment really - because this group really knows how to look after its mailing list and collectors and has a loyal fan base and their PV is always completely packed out. This year it did well as usual and 16 pictures sold at the PV (and more since).
Many thanks to David Penny who is the principal organiser of the exhibition and wh0 gave me permission to photograph the exhibition over the phone while I was sat with my mobile phone in the Mall Galleries! Plus thanks to Alan Runagell for helping me out with queries.
For anybody who is interested people can apply to become candidates for membership by submitting work for assessment followed by a season painting with the Group before further consideration and election to full membership.
More to come
I actually saw three other exhibitions yesterday as well - of which more later!