- the names of the award winners
- some comments on artists who impressed me, and
- general comments about the exhibition
The RBA Award Winners 2012
- The Artist Magazine Award (Featuring the winner in The Artist) - Christoper Aggs Group of Paintings
- The Arts Club Award - Austin Cole Group of Paintings
- The Davison Award - Jennifer Percival - Still Life with Sugar Bowl
- The de Laszlo Medal - Ann Heat RBA (group of work) I thought her cows and atmospheric landscapes were fabulous.
|Group of Paintings © Ann Heat|
Winner of Lazlo Medal 2012
- The Dover Federation for the Arts Award - Chris Myers RBA RI For services to the RBA
- The Edward Wesson Award - Rowan Crew RBA Lin's Cutting Garden
- The Geoffrey Vivis Memorial Award - Geoffrey Chatten RBA Dahlias
- The Gordon Hulson Memorial Prize - Barbara Richardson RBA Winter Still Life - a collection of very impressive still life paintings
|Winter Still Life |
© Barbara Richardson RBA
- The John Ingram Memorial Award - Carly Baker Group of Paintings
|Nanny with Lipstick © Carly Baker|
- The Marianne von Werther Memorial Award - Lewis Hazel-Horner Rome Scholarship
- The Windor & Newton Painting Award - Jeremy Galton RBA Breakfast
© Jeremy Galton RBA
Annie Williams RWS RE RBA can do no wrong in my eyes and I visited the exhibition on Thursday because she was giving a demonstration and this blog post was the result Annie Williams demonstrates a still life in watercolour.
Two other excellent although more conventional still life artists, whose work jumped off the walls at me, are Jeremy Galton RBA and Barbara Richardson RBA - both of whom won prizes (see above).
Landscapes / Interiors
Judith Gardener RBA NEAC's landscapes are a delight. Grounded in observation and skilled draughtsmanship, her paintings then stretch and abstract the representational towards a more impressionistic perspective. She works with a limited palette to great effect.
© Judith Gardener
|Group of works |
© Malcolm Ashman RBA ROI
|Tate interior light|
© Martin Kinnear
|Etchings by Austin Cole|
Miranda Halsby RBA had produced two splendid etchings (see links and below) which I was very surprised did not win an award. She has created a neat contrast between the riots on the one hand (London Riots - The Language of the Unheard?) and the very British response to the need to get things cleaned up afterwards and the emergence of the brush brigade (London, my town and I'm going to clean it up). I commend Miranda's website to all those who like etchings and aquatints as I do - plus you can also see them on the RBA website
|Two Etchings with aquatints |
of the London Riots and the aftermath
© Miranda Halsby RBA
|Two charcoal drawings |
© Mark Sutherland
I thought the exhibition included some excellent art by some very accomplished artists. The sculpture in particular was noteworthy as were the artists highlighted above and a number of others.
|RBA 2012 - examples of the sculpture on display|
You can see all the art by members that was displayed on the RBA website.
However a number of thoughts occurred to me as I toured the exhibition:
- I found a much greater range in the standard of artwork on display than I normally expect to see at an FBA exhibition. I see virtually all the exhibitions in this gallery by FBA societies and open art competitions. In my view, the contrast between the calibre of some of the artwork in this exhibition and other exhibitions in this gallery was marked.
- I was very struck by the fact that a significant number of members had failed to generate any sales at all with 48 hours to go before the exhibition was due to close. By way of contrast, those whose work I rated were selling on average a third to a half of their work on display.
- It's not difficult to identify reasons for why this might have happened. For example, besides issues relating to calibre, it also occurred to me that a London audience might think that the work of some members was somewhat old fashioned and - dare I say it - parochial. My reason for mentioning this is that it has implications for those who might otherwise apply to become a member.
- Royal Society of British Artists
- Demonstration on Thursday: Annie Williams demonstrates a still life in watercolour and Q. Is this a Muslin Brush?