|The RWS Spring Exhibition at the Bankside Gallery |
- with a Tribute Wall to Leslie Worth PPRWS (1923-2009)
|A tribute to Leslie Worth, Past President of the Royal Watercolor Society|
|Dorset Beach, Ebb Tide, watercolour by the late Leslie Worth PPRWS|
(this one is behind the reception desk)
Worth's spontaneous effects with wash were the work of a visionary. He captured beautifully the transient qualities of English weather – storms, showers, hazy sunlight and mists.It was absolutely wonderful to see again the absolutely amazing things he used to do with atmospheric washes. I know of no other watercolour artist who has come so close to emulating Turner in his work. He set the bar to which I hope other painters aspire. His death in 2009 was such a tragic loss to the world of watercolour.
Leslie Worth - Obituary by Hannah Hawksworth
That said, his work did point up the difference between the type of watercolours which used to hang on the wall of the gallery some 20 years ago when he was President and what hangs there now. It was particularly good this year to see many more of the members using pure watercolour for their artwork.
I think few have come close to emulating him in terms of mastery of watercolour painting. Those who have are members who have won the Turner Watercolour Medal. (eg Michael Chaplin - in 2011 and Paul Newland - in 2008). This year the Medal has been awarded to Past President David Firmstone. See David Firmstone wins Turner Watercolour Award 2013.
The entrance to the exhibition is hung with paintings by the current and past Presidents - Thomas Plunkett PWS, David Paskett PPRWS and John Doyle PPRWS. It was really interesting to see their different style in painting next to one another.
Round by the print boxes next to the bookshop were paintings by two artists who have a very unique style who I admire - Richard Bawden RWS RE and Jenny Wheatley RWS
|Watercolour paintings by Richard Bawden|
|Watercolour paintings by Jenny Wheatley|
|Glorious Cabbages (Bromyard Avenue Allotments) SOLD|
by Liz Butler RWS
|Child's Play by Angus McEwan RWS|
|Small paintings of people|
on Dorset beaches
by Richard Pikesley
At the bottom of this post you can see a video of Richard Pikesley discussing influences on his work - where he focuses on the work of Andrew Wyeth - and the processes of painting.
This exhibition of paintings created using water based paints is at the Bankside Gallery until 21 April 2013 so you have plenty of time to see it.
Links for watercolour artists: