The fans were out in force last week for the Private View of the 52nd Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists. It continues at the Mall Galleries until Sunday 8th November.
|The Private View - Opening of the Exhibition|
Below you can read and see:
- my comments and images from the exhibition
- the prizewinners
- details about the events
- my posts about past exhibitions
|Annual Exhibition of the SWLA in the Threadneedle Space of the Mall Galleries|
|The fox sketches are by Esther Tyson SWLA|
|Studies of a dead Grey Partrudge by Ben Woodhams ASWLA|
I was very surprised this study did not win a prize.
|Green Bridge Loomery by Chris Wallbank|
My artwork is immersed in the experience of observing the natural world, its landscapes and wildlife.Chris Wallbank websiteUnlike a number of other wildlife exhibitions, the paintings are not trying to be photographs and the evidence of the artist's personal preferences as to how they see their subject and how they prefer to make their mark - whether drawing, painting, print-making or in 3D is there for all to see.
There is, as always, a wonderful variety of work in many different styles by artists who are very accomplished.
|Drawings and prints|
- Curlews, just arrived, The Wadden Sea, Denmark and
- Dead Sperm Whale, Eiders adn Oysetercatchers, the Wadden Sea, Fano, Denmark
- work selected for the exhibition,
- a children's art competition ( see below) and
- a number of different projects related to bursaries or ones which have engaged members during the course of the year.
|The winners of the different age categories of the The RSPB's WildArt 15 competition for children|
(under 8s, 8–12 years of age, 13 years and over.)
- very definitely has members who do more than submit work to an annual exhibition once a year. Their project work is very impressive.
- takes the science as seriously as the art!
|Some of the work exhibited as part of the Flight Lines Project|
MemorialsThe exhibition also contained three exhibits for members who died in the last year.
This is the exhibit for John Busby who was the author of "Drawing Birds (RSPB)".
|In memorium exhibit for John Busby|
|SWLA "In Memorium" panels|
SWLA Prizewinners 2015:
The Dry Red Press Award: Spring Blackbird by Matt Underwood SWLA
|Artwork by Matt Underwood - the awardwinner is top left|
The RSPB Award: Short-eared Owl flying with digger by Greg Poole SWLA
The Langford Press Field Sketches Award: Richard Johnson ASWLA
The Langford Press Printmaking Award: The Building of Wallasea RSPB by Julia Manning ASWLA
The Langford Press 3D Award: Greenfinches by Adam Binder SWLA
The Birdwatch-Swarovski Artist of the Year Award: Fishing Frenzy by Jane Smith ASWLAThere's a huge sense of movement and purpose in this screenprint.
The Hawk and Owl Trust's Roger Clarke Award: Glorious by Tim Wootton SWLA
PJC Drawing Award: Coastal Birds by Richard Allen
I was very impressed by the fine art print which won the Drawing Prize. I'm a big fan of this type of composite drawing.
- John Busby Seabird Drawing Course: Evelina Flodstrom, David Hubt and Rachel Porter
- SWLA Bursary: Ali McPherson
Talks and Events
Free Talks and Events
- An Artist Underwater. Tuesday 3rd November, 11.30am and 2.30pm; an illustrated one hour talk by Chris Rose on his latest work, based on his experiences as recipient of the SWLA Wildlife Trusts Diving Bursary.
- John Clare and Me. Fri 6th November 2.30 pm; an illustrated one hour talk by Carry Ackroyd on the poetry of John Clare and how his words has influenced her work.
- Monoprints Workshop with Greg Poole & Kim Atkinson - Sat 7th Nov, 10.30am – 4.30pm (£75)
- Drypoint Workshop with Bruce Pearson and Greg Poole - Sunday 8th November, 10.30am – 4.30pm (£75 or Friends £65). ; a full day drypoint printing workshop.
More details on this page on the SWLA website
Previous posts about the Society of Wildlife Artists' Annual Exhibition
- 2014: Video: 2014 Exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists
- 2013: Review: 50th Annual Exhibition - Society of Wildlife Artists and Society of Wildlife Artists - a new book and a bursary
- 2012: Review: 49th Annual Exhibition - Society of Wildlife Artists
- 2011Review: Society of Wildlife Artists - Annual Exhibition 2011
- 2009: Society of Wildlife Artists - Annual Exhibition 2009
- 2008: 45th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists
- 2007: Society of Wildlife Artists at the new Mall Galleries
- and Which art society exhibition sells the most works of art?