Below you can find out more about the exhibition, the events, the prizewinners, some of the artists, the art I liked and the change in arrangements for the 2015 exhibition.
|Cover of the catalogue of the New England Art Club Annual Exhibition 2014|
The first thing to say is that, after seeming to lose its identity last year, this exhibition "looks" like a NEAC exhibition again.
However, the same cannot be said for the prizewinners which to my mind are not representative of the exhibition as a whole - with a couple of exceptions.
Exhibition CatalogueThe exhibition catalogue is available via Issuu enabling you to:
- see/read members samples of members artwork in the exhibition and
- see the complete listing of works - which includes the title, medium, framed size and price. This is invaluable for anybody thinking of submitting work to next year's exhibition.
You can also see works in the exhibition:
- in this post
- plus you can see them and buy them online via the NEAC Online Shop.
|Tom Coates doing a Portrait painting demonstration yesterday. |
People were invited to bring a sketchbook and drawing materials
|Teasels on a cliff edge by Ruth Stage|
egg tempera 25 x 28 £2,100
I'm going to be attending the Egg Tempera workshop with Ruth Stage on Wednesday.
I'm absolutely intrigued by her technique - and a demo is involved!
This year's exhibition is much better than last year's and I'm assuming action was taken over the selection process because I'm certainly seeing a lot more colour this year - although one key wall is murkier than most.
I was very pleased to see that NEAC asked each of its members to paint a smaller and more affordable painting - and that the display of these paintings surrounded the 'cafe' area of the west gallery. They not only looked great on the grey walls - I also noticed that quite a few of them were sporting a red dot.
|One of the small works walls|
I'm still very much NOT a fan of a strategy which puts members only in the large West Gallery and relegates a lot of the open entry to the North Gallery. If all the members were producing top notch work that would be fine as a strategy - but the fact of the matter is that artists from the open entry are producing works which SHOULD be in the big West Gallery. Knowing that there is no guarantee that their work will be exhibited in the best gallery would, in my opinion, up the ante for the members and make sure that they submit their best work! I'm all for an open exhibition being competitive for everybody! :)
NEAC Exhibition in 2015
ATTENTION ALL ARTISTS!
The NEAC Annual Exhibition is changing its slot in the exhibition schedule for 2015. Hence in future
- this exhibition will be 19 to 27 June 2014.
- The Call for Entries for the NEAC Exhibition in 2015 has already been published and online submission for the 2015 exhibition opens at 12pm on 8th December 2014 and closes on Friday 13 March 2015, 12pm
NEAC Annual Exhibition 2014
PrizewinnersA new award has been introduced this year. The Zsuzsi Roboz Prize of £5,000 was awarded to Paul Newland NEAC RWS for The Edge of Town (Sussex and Somewhere). It's a largish painting in oil by somebody who very often paints in watercolour and as a result it's got layers and layers in it in a very visible way which you don't seem to see as much in those who paint in oil all the time. That said - I still very much prefer his watercolours!
|The Edge of Town (Sussex and Somewhere) by Paul Newland NEAC|
oil, 38" x 38" (£4,00
|Downland Fields by Michael Cooper NEAC|
oil, 21" x 34" (£2,000)
The Doreen McIntosh Prize (£5,000) went to Michael Cooper. I'm afraid it does nothing for me. For those who must now be thing I really don't like simple and abstracted figurative paintings, I actually loved James Rushton's landscapes
|James Rushton's landscapes are #3, 6 and 7 counting along the bottom row from the left|
- Eigil Nordstrom's painting of Afternoon Underpass seemed to me to be coming from the Nina Murdoch school of painting (see Nina Murdoch wins the Threadneedle Figurative Prize 2008)
- Christy Yates for two stark still life paintings
The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize (£200) was awarded to Jane Corsellis NEAC RCA RWS for a very typical Corsellis painting.
The Dry Red Press Award went to Angela Bell for her small but acutely observed painting of The Observer. It managed to mix painterly qualities with realism.
|The Observer by Angela Bell won the Dry Red Press Award|
Artwork I liked
|Silkscreen prints by Fred Cuming RA NEAC|
I always enjoy seeing the etchings and watercolour paintings of Richard Bawden NEAC RE RWS. It's not just the cats - I also really like his very accessible informal style! (Incidentally for those who do like the cats, somebody has set up a Pinterest Board of Edward & Richard Bawden at the Museum of Cat Art. I hadn't realised that pics of the Bawden family cats can trace their heritage back to Louis Wain!)
|Four paintings by Richard Bawden NEAC RE RWS|
|Painting by Christopher Baker|
above four small paintings by Jacqueline Rizvi
The Late Karn Holly
|In Memoria - Tribute to Karn Holly|
Karn Holly, the founder member and chief theorist of the NEAC Drawing School and a NEAC member, died on 2 November 2014.
There is an exhibition wall of her inimitable artwork in the exhibition in tribute - and a book for ex-students and those who knew her to write remembrances which will be used in the memorial service. Oddly there is no reference to her passing on the website or Facebook Page and her page has been removed from the website.
Here's my sketch of Karn Holly in an interesting NEAC Panel Discussion about drawing in 2007.
|NEAC Panel Discussion on Drawing by Katherine Tyrrell (2007)|
Members of the panel from left to right in the sketch above are:
Bill Packer, Jason Bowyer, Andrew Wilton, Charles Williams, Arthur Neal, and Karn Holly
Former reviews of NEAC exhibitions
- Review: NEAC Annual Exhibition 2013 13 Dec 2013
- Review: New English Art Club Annual Exhibition 2012 05 Dec 2012
- Review: New English Art Club Annual Exhibition 2011 25 Nov 2011
- REVIEW: New English Art Club Annual exhibition 2010 02 Dec 2010
- Exhibition Review: New English Art Club - Annual Exhibition 2009 04 Dec 2009
- New English Art Club - Annual Open Exhibition 2008 02 Dec 2008
- New English Art Club - plus commentary and discussion 04 Dec 2007