|Viewing the paintings hanging in the Threadneedle Space|
The exhibition is held every year at the Mall Galleries in central London, opened last Wednesday which is when I went to see it and continues until Sunday 28 October 2012, 10am to 5pm (closes 1pm on final day).
Those thinking of entering their work for next year's exhibition might like to take a look at the award-winning works below and some of the prices being charged for paintings.
The artwork is predominantly paintings with a few drawings and sculptures. Interestingly there are very few fine art prints. This year for the first time I spotted a couple of works in coloured pencil by Pamela Preller SAA UKCPS who seems to like cold climate animals.
|Plywood sails and paintings in the West Gallery|
- a couple of paintings by Alan Sims produced by mounting small paintings in a 4 x 4 grid
- the birth plywood sails produced by Bill Prickett
- Naomi Tydeman's suite of related watercolour paintings - as always
The Charles Pears Award for the best non-members work (£250) - Man Mending Sails, Mousehole by Tim Hall. This is an unusual painting within the show and yet it shouldn't be given the nature of the ertnal task of keeping the sails in good order. The man is plumb centre - which in theory breaks all the rules of composition. He also wears a red T shirt and in theory this should be screaming at us but it doesn't. In a way it's a painting which shouldn't work but it does and very well too because of the compositional devices used and the colour palette! I was also really pleased to see this work in a frame which complemented the work and did not swamp it.
|Man Mending Sails, Mousehole by Tim Hall|
oil on canvas
|Fluke by Sonia Shomalzadeh|
|Collecting the Dispatches - Geoffrey Huband |
Derek Gardner “Deep Seas” Award - Dry Dock by William Carney
|Dry Dock by William Carney|
The Winsor & Newton Oil Prize (value £250 of materials) for the best oil painting - The abandonment by Michele del Campo who's not a marine painter usually but is a figurative painter - of figures.
|The abandonment by Michele del Campo|
oil on linen
|Action Stations! Cromer lifeboat on callout by Fred Beckett FROI, Hon RBA, Hon RI|
- Action Stations!, Cromer Lifeboat on callout by Fred Beckett FROI, Hon RBA, Hon RI which very much has a sense of a lifeboat hitting the water and generating a lot of spray
- Fading light, Scarborough by Douglas Grey RSMA
|Fading light, Scarborough by Douglas Grey RSMA|
Two Rivers Watercolour Award (£250 worth of Two Rivers watercolour products) for the most outstanding watercolour in the exhibition - Royal Angelfish by Wendy Borello RSMA. It's great to see some painting of life underwater and Wendy Borello's paintings were very colourful and great saturation.
|Royal Angelfish by Wendy Borello RSMA|
The RK Burt Canson and Arches Award (50 sheets of high-quality artist paper) for works on paper - Fishing Boats at Essaouira, Morocco by Brian Fleming I was very taken by the overall composition of his artwork - below you can see about one third of the large gouache painting which won this award.
|detail of Fishing Boats at Essaouira, Morocco by Brian Fleming|
- Sunday 21 October, 2pm: John Lines RSMA RBSA RDAS KAG Oil demonstration
- Wednesday 24 October, 11am Geoff Hunt PPRSMA Oil demonstration
- Thursday 25 October, 2pm David Allen RSMA Pastel demonstration
- Marine Art - Resources for Artists
- Call for Entries: Royal Society of Marine Artists - Annual Exhibition 2012
- Review: Royal Society of Marine Artists - Annual Exhibition 2011 13 Oct 2011
- REVIEW: Royal Society of Marine Artists - 65th Annua; Exhibition 2010 22 Oct 2010
- Celebrating the sea with the Royal Society of Marine Artists 19 Oct 2007
- Which art society exhibition sells the most works ... 21 Oct 2011