There are 243 paintings in the main part of the exhibition. Plus a further 19 paintings in the Winsor & Newton Young Artists section. I understand there were about 700 paintings submitted to this open exhibition by both UK and international artists.
You can read more about the painters who won prizes and the ones who caught my eye below.
|Ken Howard painting June Mendoza painting Ken by June Mendoza OBE RP ROI|
I was at the Private View yesterday and managed to catch up with Adebanji Alade (Adenbanje Aladi) who now has Provisional ROI status and a portrait in the show - which sold yesterday at the PV. We also share an enthusiasm for the paintings by David Curtis of which more anon.
As with the NEAC show, most of the West Gallery was devoted to members' work. Work by non members tends to be on the small side. I think this might be because the ROI was not exhibiting in the North Gallery this year. (It has an excellent exhibition by a very skilled potter)
I wonder if this means smaller paintings by non-members have a better chance of being selected?
Below is the wall underneath the bookshop where I found a lot of non members work.
|A sample from the Wall of small works in the West Gallery|
Awards and Prizes
|Winner of the Phyllis Roberts Award|
Joanna by Irene Chmura
The awards this year were as follows:
- The Phyllis Roberts Award (£2,000 to a young painter) - Joanne by Irene Chmura
- The DAS Award (£500) - London Lights by Roger Dellar ROI PS
|Group of paintings by Roger Dellar ROI PS|
London Lights - winner of the DAS Award - is in the middle
|Winner of the Dartington Crystal Chalice|
Group of paintings by David Curtis
(excluding top middle painting)
- The Dartington Crystal Chalice - David Curtis ROI RSMA (group of paintings)
- The Le Clerc Fowle Memorial Medal Richard Combes ROI (an outstanding group of paintings)
|Winner of the Le Clerc Memorial Medal|
Group of paintings by Richard Coombes ROI
- The Alan Gourlay Memorial Prize 2011 Turkish Tailor by Richard Combes ROI
- L Cornelissen & Son - Finishing Touches, Franklin Street by Richard Combes ROI
- Menana Joy Shwabe Memorial Award (£250) - Shrimp Fisherman, Morecambe Bay by Roger R Jones
- Frank Herring Easel Award - Fast Food by Dennis Gaskin
|Winner of the Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award (for artists under 35)|
Self Portrait by Natalia Avdeeva
- 1st prize (£1,000 Winsor & Newton Fine Art Materials) - Self Portrait by Natalia Avdeeva
- 2nd Prize (£600 Winsor & Newton Fine Art Materials) - Performance by Lachlan Goudie
- 3rd Prize (£400 Winsor & Newton Fine Art Materials) - Lena by Fedor Gridnev
I was very impressed by the paintings of fellow art bloggers, Adebanji Alade, Sophie Ploeg (Sophie Ploeg) and Johnny Morant (Johnny Morant)
Both Adebanji and Sophie had portraits selected for the exhibition - and both were excellent.
|Adebanje Alade (Provision ROI) in front of his (sold) portrait painting|
The Face of Homelessness, Kings Road
and the sketch from life which he used to create the portrait
|Part of Sophie Ploeg's portrait titled Dream|
|Johnny Morant - Sketching on a Beach|
I particularly liked Linda Meaney's bright and almost joyful paintings of Conkers and Acorns. Linda is a prime example of somebody who gave up her job and became a full time professional artist later in life - you can read her story here. I can readily understand why her paintings sell well.
|Over the moors, scudding clouds by Andrew Kinmont|
Adebanji and I had a long discussion about David Curtis's landscapes which we both admire. They seem very realistic and yet when you actually look at them closely you begin to realise there is a huge repertoire in terms of mark-making and painterly brishwork. I also really liked his painting of wind swept pines above Sleights which I admired a lot. What I hadn't realised before is that his paintings don't tend to include black or very dark darks - and yet there appears to be a huge tonal range. It's quite a skill!
[UPDATE: Here are the life studies by Luis Morris ROI which I forgot to post and which we have been discussing in the comments]
|Morris - Life Studies by Luis Morris ROI|
I was also much amused by the painting at the top of this post - of two members of the society painting one another. Why don't we see more of these?
There are various art events during the course of the show (but I'm struggling to find a link with details). These include a demonstration by Roger Dellar on 15th December from 2-4pm.