- The exhibition continues until 6th November at the Mall Galleries (10am-5pm).
- If you mention "Making A Mark" at the Gallery Front Desk you can get free entry for two people to the exhibition (normal price £6)
There are 351 works in the show - all the works are for sale, and many of the artists can (and are) commissioned. (I spoke to one very popular artist with a two year waiting list for commissions!). There is a fair range of different types of paintings, drawings, fine art prints and sculpture as always. This exhibition is always a delight to see what people can do when using different media. I very often see better exponents of the use of a medium at this show than I do at the exhibitions of art societies that specialise in specific media.
|Private View of the 53rd Exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists|
|SWLA Annual Exhibition 2016 Catalogue|
Hare and Goldfinches Cover by Andrew Haslen
Instead what we see is art made by people who spend a lot of time observing their subject matter and understanding how it lives/works/moves and then translating that knowledge into art - rather than creating a 2D artwork out of a 2D photograph.
I saw lots of drawings and studies - which often make buying artwork more accessible.
Below you can:
- see images of the exhibition
- find out who won the prizes - and what their artwork looked like
- find out about the projects which the SWLA is involved with - the drawings and paintings from these were also on display in the exhibition.
In fact it's very refreshing to see an art society that is active and thriving that it needs all three galleries to be able to cover its activities and the work of its members and those submitting through the open submission
|Sculpture is always a big feature of the SWLA exhibition|
These scrap metal pieces are by the SWLA President - Harriet Mead
|The feature wall end of the Main Gallery - plus hares and small elephants!|
That fish is big!
|SWLA in the Threadneedle Space|
|Hares by Andrew Haslen|
|Birds, birds and more birds - and a hre!|
SWLA Awards 2016Those winning awards are highlighted in the captions to their related images - see below. The awards were presented by Baroness Young of Scone, former RSPB Chief Executive and now at the Woodland Trust.
(I only realised afterwards that I last heard her speak was some 25+ years during a Chatham House session during her days as Chief Executive of a London Health Authority when she was renowned for an 'interesting' approach to getting things done!)
The winner of the top prize (the Birdwatch Artist of the Year Award of £1000 plus Swarovski optics) - was Daniel Cole who is a painter and illustrator based in Truro. His work is exhibits excellent draughtsmanship as well as keen observation and excellent use of colour and is extremely striking. This is his Facebook Page where you can see much more clearly how he works. (His website https://www.danielcoleartist.com/ appears to be down at the moment)
|Daniel Cole receiving his award from Baroness Young (back to my camera) with Harriet Mead|
the President of the SWLA clapping.
|Birdwatch Artist of the Year Award (£1000 plus Swarovski optics)|
Great Black-Backed Gulls and Rooks, Camel Estuary by Daniel Cole SWLA
|Paintings by Daniel Cole|
|Dry Red Press Printmaker’s Award|
High ride of the Fal River by Daniel Cole SWLA
|Baroness Young (former CEO of the RSPB) presents Robert Gillmor with The RSPB Award|
|The RSPB Award|
Shore Larks by Robert Gillmor SWLA
In the SWLA's 50th anniversary year a video was made about him and artwork and printing in which he also tells the story of how the society was created and how the first exhibition happened.
|The Hawk and Owl Trust's Roger Clarke AwardRed Kites by Nick Derry|
This was the display case of his work
|The Langford Press Field Sketchbook Award|
Mat Underwood won the Langford Press Printmaking Award
|The Langford Press Printmakers Award|
All works by Mat Underwood SWLA
The Langford Press 3-D Award was awarded to Zimbawean sculptor Stephen Reutenbach (who lives in South Africa) for his sculpture of a Pnagolin. I tried to take a photo of this but the lighting and the curled up form of the sculpture both conspired to make it impossible to make out! You can however see it on his Facebook Page
|The PJC Drawing Award|
Q in Tern by Loz Wilson
|The BIRDscapes Gallery Conservation Award|
Under the Waves by Jane Smith SWLA
The SWLA is outstanding for the sponsorship and support it gets for specific focused projects which are either exploring and recording or educational - and recording!
This is the display produced by those who participated in the John Busby Seabird Drawing Course this year. The SWLA covered the cost of accommodation and mentoring to visit and produce sketches at seabird colonies around North Berwick and the Firth of Forth, an area which has the world's largest colony of Northern Gannets as well as Puffins, Kittiwakes, Cormorants and Guillemots.
These are drawings done by the SWLA / RSPB Wallasea Island WildCoast Project
The last one is an international project to record wildlife in the Sweetgum Forests in Turkey - and these are the drawings, sketches and paintings done by participating artists.
In the Turkish Sweetgum Project, SWLA members mentored a group of artists and scientists from across Turkey in using field-based wildlife art as a tool for raising awareness of the unique habitats being lost through the continued clearing and destruction of Turkish Sweet Gum Forests for agricultural use.