This is the first of two posts as I'm going to pop in again tomorrow after a meeting elsewhere.
|RI President Andy Wood giving a talk/tour of the exhibition|
Two major watercolour exhibitions in London
The big bonus for those visiting London in the next week is that they can visit two exhibitions by national societies of watercolour artists
- the RI's annual open exhibition (381 paintings) is on at the Mall Galleries until 16th April (at the other end of the Mall from Buckingham Palace and close to the National Gallery)
- click the Mall Galleries link to see some of the works on display
- this is a link to the Issuu version of the catalogue
- the Spring Exhibition of the members of the Royal Watercolour Society at the Bankside Gallery until 23 April at the Bankside Gallery (on the South bank next to Tate Modern)
- this is the page on which you can see paintings on display. You'll note that many of the members are no longer in any way involved with representational art which I know interests many watercolour artists around the UK.
If you only have time to visit one I know which I'd choose!
RI PrizewinnersI wasn't there for the prizegiving so I don't quite understand why the Turner Medal was not awarded at this exhibition - as it has been in recent years. I'll try and find out what has happened.
The prizewinners at the Annual Exhibition in 2016 are listed below with images.
Prizes were awarded by John Whittingdale OBE PC., Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and Andy Wood, President of the R.I.
The most valuable prize is The Leathersellers Award of £1,000 awarded to an artist aged 30 or under. (One for all young artists to aspire to!)
|The Leathersellers Award|
Top left: First Prize (£1,000) Rikishi to Zi Ling
Right: Second Prize (£750) Working Alone by Filipe Miguel das Dores
Second prize has generated some press coverage for the artist Filipe Miguel das Dores
"Working Alone" shows the facade of the Portuguese Bookshop at night, illuminated by street lamps and a light shining from one of the floors of the building window, denouncing someone working solitarily the night.He also won The John Purcell Paper Prize in this exhibition last year.
|The Matt Bruce RI Memorial Award (£500)|
Cambridge Riders by Chien Chung-Wei
However I had no difficulty recognising the scene - having ridden that street on my bike many time c. 40 years ago! It's an excellent watercolour using a limited palette. I was also very impressed with the Chien Chung-Wei's website and do commend you to click the link to it which is embedded in his name.
|Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial prize (£250)|
Ladram red by Frances Hatch
Otter Sandstone, Mercia Mudstone, gouache on Khadi paper. 133x95cm unframed
|The Winsor & Newton / RI award (£250)|
for the group of paintings which is judged to be the most outstanding
contribution to the exhibition
David Parfitt RI
|The Cass Art Prize (£200)|
(top) Trebarwith, North Cornwall by Bob Rudd RI
There's a huge version of this painting on the home page of his website.
|Mall Galleries Greeting Card Prize|
Corners of the Evening (£6,200) by Deborah Walker RI
Obviously a view like this will be very popular with visitors to the Gallery who will be able to buy the Greetings Card!
Debra Manifold Memorial Prize
(Top left) Lavender Sky (£895)
(Top right) Moon Showers (£895)
by Naomi Tydeman RI
This is the sort of watercolour painting which I enjoy viewing very much. An artist who is in total control of her medium and also produces aesthetically pleasing paintings as well.
I wish there were more like her - and I guess I'm not alone.
|The Escoda Barcelona Award|
Evening Light, Paddy's Gole SG by Ann Kilvington
The prize is a set of Escoda Brushes. There's lots of interesting scumbling and mark-making in this painting.
Noon in the Olive Grove by Richard Thorne
Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award
Aunty Grace WW2 Nurse by Julian Bray
|Dry Red Press Award|
Naughty Puss! by Janet Skea RI