|President Cheryl Culver and a strong wall of pastels |
by Sarah Bee, Norma Stephenson. Cheryl Culver and Roger Dellar
Below you will find:
- a record of the prizewinners
- my commentary on the exhibition - and the hang
- a note of the various events - demonstrations, workshops and an art event evening - taking place in the Galleries during the exhibition.
PrizewinnersThe Pastel Society are to be congratulated on having so many sponsors of their exhibition and their prizes.
You can see a list of the prizewinners on the website. However that will disappear in time and I'm reproducing the names of prizewinners - with links to their websites (in their names) - below together with photos of the artwork and the artists taken at yesterday's Private View.
I was particularly struck by how many of the prizes went to people coming through the Open Entry rather than by senior members of the Society. I don't think it was a reflection on the differences in the work between those who are established members and those who are aspiring artists. However if it was a strategic decision by the PA Council then I welcome it. Prizes are so much more important for those starting out and trying to become more established as an artist.
The £5,000 Zsuzsi Roboz Prize - for artists aged 35 and under - is new for 2015. The award is a bequest in memory of Zsuzsi Roboz, who was a distinguished member of the Pastel Society and is in the name of her and husband.
The size of the Prize attracted a number of entries which were selected for the exhibition. In general these entries were much more diverse than work submitted by members - which is a point which members might want to ponder on....
The inaugural prize of £5,000 was won by a portrait - unsurprising given the practice of Zsuzsi Roboz. Mike Clapton specialises in charcoal photo-realistic large scale portraiture (see his winning portrait below). This was his very first exhibition! (His day job involves working in marketing). You can see from studying his other charcoal drawings on his website that this charcoal drawing is far from being a 'one-off'. I'm not a huge fan of "big heads" drawings but this is a very good one - I noticed it straight away when entering the North Gallery.
|Winner of the Inaugural £5,000 Alfred Teddy Smith and Zsuzsi Roboz Award for Young Artists|
Mike Clapton with his compressed charcoal drawing 'Take Care'
Another "Young Artist" who did well was Jenny Smith who won the £1,000 Arts Club Charitable Trust Award with her charcoal drawing of Sequoia
|Winner of the £1,000 Arts Club Charitable Trust Award|
Sequioa by Jenny Smith charcoal £890
The Caran d'Ache Award
Caran d'Ache are sponsors of the exhibition and this year celebrate their 100th Anniversary.
Michael Norman won their award for Dusk at Turf Locks. My personal preference was for the artwork top left which captures the greens associated with heathland and conifers very well.
|Winner of the Caran d'Ache Award - Michael Norman |
Dusk at Turf Locks Soft Pastel £1,600
|Pastel Drawings by Felicity House - Winner of the Daler Rowney Award|
Oxfords the Baker (top left) Pastel £850
Two artists both won two awards.
Jan Munro won the Unison Colour Award and The Artist Magazine Award (a feature article in the magazine) for her very striking set of still life pastels which I liked a lot and had marked these down as a group to feature in this post before I knew they'd won a prize. It just goes to show that having a great series of artworks around a theme which are also presented well will always stand you in good stead when it comes to winning prizes!
I enjoyed chatting with Jan and Dan Hersey (Manager at Unison Colour) last night. Jan and I both enthused about our Unison Pastels! Jan gets her students to use them when teaching her classes.
|Jan Munro - Winner of The Unison Colour Award and The Artist Magazine Award|
for her group of still life pastels
top left - Red Chair and Mushrooms £750
top right - Red Chair and Apples £750
bottom right - Red Chair with salt and pepper pots £750
|Joanne Last - Winner of The Derwent Award (top) and the Buzzacott Award (bottom)|
- Summer Walk (£890) won the Derwent Award - top above
- Almost There... (£890) won The Buzzacott Award - bottom above
|Charcoal Drawings by Caroline Bays - Winner of the Conté á Paris Award|
Top left - Rock Star, Charcoal £850
|Winner of The Artists & Illustrators Award|
Campanille, Venice won The Artists & Illustrators Magazine Award (a feature article in the magazine) for Tony Allain.
Matthew Draper PS (elected 2011) won the Henri Roché Award with his sizable and atmospheric landscape titled Sublime Adventure.
|Winner of the Henri Roché Award|
|Winner of the Frank Herring and Sons Award|
Melodie Cook's large drawing titled Nancy Trotter Landry and Bobby - of a woman wearing a very large chicken as a hat - was very definitely different. Being different tends to attract attention and sometimes a prize which in this instance was the Faber Castell Award. There's a much better image on her website (link in her name)
|Melodie Cook - Winner of the Faber Castell Prize|
Nancy Trotter Landry and Bobby, Pastel and Conte a Paris £2,000
A few of my photographs did not reproduce well (really bad reflection problems) so the other prizes were won by people are listed below.
- Purple Shutter by Christine Watson won the Schmincke Award
- Sunflowers by Liz Balkwill won the Pan Pastel Award
- Dusk – Spa Hill by Richard Turner won the The Annie Longley Award
- Late Night Still Life by Jaana Fowler won the The Pastel Society Catalogue Award First Prize
- The Bird by Qiaoxi Chen won The Pastel Society Young Artist Award
Review of the exhibition
I think the Judges did a very good job this year. A lot of the people whose work I admired won prizes. I'd like to give special mention to Mike Clapton, Michael Norman, Felicity House and Jan Munro in this respect.
I found to my surprise that I really liked Jeanette Hayes VPPS work this year. I'm not a huge fan of very abstracted contemporary art - but I loved her use of pink!
|Jeanette Hayes likes pink and very neutral colours - the combination is very effective|
Her works starts from sketches of the landscape.
|Roger Deller with his suite of work of views in Surrey Woods|
He told me that he's working his way through a process of challenging the way he normally works. He's doing it in stages with each of the mediums he works in. He anticipates most of 2015 will be given over to finding a new way to work
One of the interesting features of this year was the inclusion of a number of oil pastels. I've been trying to remember whether I've seen oil pastels before.
The HangI think this was the first year I've ever seen a work with a very bad case of pastel drop onto the bottom of the mat and inside the glazing. I'd normally expect a work which was so poorly presented to have been pulled from the exhibition and was rather surprised this had not happened. I'm assuming this was by an artist who is not familiar with the "workarounds" to ensure that pastel works remain in pristine condition on the wall in an exhibition such as this
I absolutely loved the way the long wall at the bottom of the stairs in the West Gallery was hung (see first image). This was a brilliant hang by Jeanette Hayes who produced a very impressive middle section including work by Sarah Bee, Norma Stephenson, Cheryl Culver and Roger Deller
|Pastel Society - Members works were hung in the West Gallery|
|Roy White's drawings in charcoal - I particularly loved his White Pine (top right)Good use too of the grey wall as a background to charcoal drawings|
For example, the hang in the North Gallery spaced out the large colourful pieces in such a way that they absolutely overwhelmed some of the quieter pieces nearby. I really felt for some of the artists whose work was swamped in the process.
In the furthest room I found it difficult to look around as my eyes were being pulled by competing pieces right around the room. In the end I tried to ignore the louder works and studied the quieter ones by getting right in front of them and looking very closely so that my field of vision was limited.
The odd thing is I think if some of the more colourful pieces had all been placed in the same room, we'd have had a very exciting room - and then some rooms with a quieter vibe elsewhere. I was reminded of the Summer Exhibition where one member of the Hanging Committee had no colour at all - everything was monochrome - and it was a really lovely room. Maybe a thought to ponder on for next year?
|I liked this wall and corner in the North Gallery |
- the colour travelled and flowed across the wall from a monochrome through pastels
to much more colourful pieces. The eye travelled easily along the wall.
|I hated this wall. |
It's nothing to do with the pieces and everything to do with the juxtaposition of three loud powerful works
with much more subtle pieces which have been relegated to the edges
Events during the ExhibitionThere are a number of workshops, demonstrations and other events during the course of the exhibition. Well done to the PS for having arranged such a full programme!
Workshops (fee paying)
- The Dynamic Colours of Pastel 26 February 2015 with Eiko Yoshimoto SOLD OUT
- Portrait Painting with Pastel 27 February 2015 with Caroline Bays PS
- Landscape in Pastel 28 February 2015 with John Tookey SOLD OUT
- Portraits with Colour 2 March 2015 with Glenys Ambrus PS
- Fruit And Flowers Exploring Still Life In Pastel 3 March 2015 with Ann Wilkinson
- Shadows and Reflections 4 March 2015 with Jenny Halstead SOLD OUT
- Interpreting People in the Urban Scene 5 March 2015 with Roger Dellar PS RI ROI
- A Translation of Landscape 6 March 2015 with Cheryl Culver PPS RBA
Artist Demonstrations (FREE)The following artists will be painting in the Gallery on the dates indicated
- Book Signing: Books on Sketching 5 March 2015 - Katherine Tyrrell, author of ' Sketching 365 ' and James Hobbs, author of ' Sketch your World ' will signing copies of their books (My book contains a section on pastels and a number of wonderful images by Pastel Society member Felicity House and charcoal drawings by previous )
Art Event Evening (ticketed)This is a chance to work alongside members of the Pastel Society and possibly win a prize. Models and still life are available to draw. It's a ticketed event.
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You can also review previous posts about Pastel Society exhibitions - from my archives.
- 115th Annual Exhibition - Making a Mark 21 Jun 2014
- The Pastel Society - Annual Exhibition 2013 12 Jun 2013
- "Love Pastels" - The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 14 Feb 2012
- The Pastel Society's Annual Exhibition - Colour 2011 25 Apr 2011
- The Pastel Society - Annual Exhibition 2010 14 Apr 2010
- Exhibition review: The Pastel Society's 110th Annual Exhibition10 Jun 2009
- The Pastel Society UK - 109th Annual Exhibition 17 Mar 2008
- "Pastels Today": The Pastel Society Exhibition (#2) 04 Mar 2007
- The Pastel Society - Annual Exhibition 2006 - Making a Mark
03 Mar 2006