|The girl by Tai-Shen Schierenberg|
This is a real mark of excellence as the exhibition is a very high standard this year and contains numerous excellent painting and drawings. In my view this current exhibition is at least as good if not better than the exhibition for BP Portrait Award. I'd argue it was an exhibition worth going to see if you just wanted to see really good representational painting and drawing.
While the majority of work is by members this is an open exhibition and it also features work by non members.
Today it was the Private View - which is always packed out.
|The Private View|
The awards for the 2011 Exhibition are:
- Ondaatje Award - A Girl (oil) by Tai-Shen Schierenberg, Hon RP
- De Laslo Foundation Award (the best portrait by an artist aged 35 or under) - Matthew - from a series of portraits of Jesus Madrinan - Martha Zmpounou. Martha uses Van Gogh watercolours and always paints on HP paper. She builds up the whole of the work at the same time working from large transparent washes wet in wet through to the detail.
|Martha Zmpounou with her portrait of Matthew|
54 x 74cm (21 x 29") watercolour
- Arts Club Award (on year's complimentary memebrsship of the Arts Club ) - was awarded to two artists this year
|Phoebe by James Lloyd RP|
oil, 180 x 116cm; 71 x 46")
- Phoebe by James Lloyd RP James told me that ex Slade and Princes Drawing School student Phoebe Boswell (who also has a drawing in the show) is an animator and the drawing at her side is based on one of her animations.
- Boris Johnson by Helen Masacz - the hair is excellent! Boris seems to offer endless fascination to portrait artists - I've seen a few of them in recent years.
|Boris Johnson by Helen Masacz|
oil, 42 x 30cm, (17 x 12")
- Changing Faces Award - for the portrait that is most powerful on the way that the subject communicates with the viewer beyond the canvas - went to Nicole by Benita Stoney. Changing Faces is the leading UK charity that offers support and information to people with disfigurements to the face, hands or body, and their families. The prize is a £2,000 commission to to produce a portrait of a person with an unusual looking face for the Changing Faces Collection.
|Nicole by Benita Stoney|
egg tempera. 20 x 30cm, 8 x 12"
- The Prince of Wales Award for Portrait Drawing - for a portrait in any recognised drawing medium - Elderly Man by David Miller RBA.
Tim by Clara Drummond
I shall instead highlight those artists whose drawings I thought very fine - tomorrow!
How to see the exhibition and attend the events
The exhibition is open to the Public: 5th-20th May 2011 between 10-5 (including weekends) and until 7pm Tuesdays.
The events are
The events are
- Thursday 5th May 11am President's Tour - Alastair Adams will take you round the exhibition and talk about the portraits on the wall. Free
- Wednesday 11th May 12noon Demonstration - Andy James will demonstrate portrait painting Free
- Saturday 14th May 2-4pm Demonstration - Simon Davis will demonstrate portrait painting Free
- Monday 16th May: "Face Facts" (More information) A discussion with Alastair Adams, David Starkey, Victoria Wright, Antony Williams and June Mendoza. Recognised portrait artists and distinguished sitters discuss portraiture from the inside. Tickets £7.50 (Concessions £5) Please ring 020 7930 6844 or email email@example.com for tickets
Links to Royal Society of Portrait Painters:
- Review: Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual ...17 May 2010
- Exhibition review: Royal Society of Portrait ...08 May 2009
- James Lloyd wins The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture 24 Apr 2008
- portrait completed in 2 hours wins ondaatje prize 26 Apr 2007