|some stunning paintings of sea, waves, skies and vessels|
this all includes three prizewinners
Below you can find images of the exhibition and a list of the prizewinners (and associated pic if I spotted it).
|RSMA exhibition in the Threadneedle Gallery|
|One of the main walls in the West Gallery|
|a wall of small works|
|small works are often by non-members|
|A corner of the Main Gallery|
|Another corner of the Main Gallery|
|RSMA in Threadneedle Gallery|
|In the North Gallery|
I visited yesterday (after my extended birthday celebrations/"retirement"!) and saw some fabulous waves, rather a lot of Venice (which still seems to sell well) and an awful lot of the British coastline and associated vessels and people.
|(Top) Beached Root £5,500|
(bottom) Nets II £3,250
by Gareth Brown ARSMA
However there are a few watercolours, gouaches, pastels, prints and sculptures. Interestingly acrylic does not seem to be a medium of choice for those who paint marine life - or maybe those who buy tend to prefer to oil to acrylic?
The great thing about the exhibitions which focus on subject matter is this is where you see new ways in which artists work with new media
This time (for the first time) I saw works by two artists who used digital processes to produce their artwork. Abigail Lingford produced a hand drawn and digital illustration which was very different to other drawings on display. Abigail is a Scientific Illustrator who was a BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2012 finalist
|Whale Fall (edition of 20) £250 by Abigail Lingford|
I combine, juxtapose and layer original digital photographic imagery to create completely new scenes.
|Digital photomontage of marine subject matter by Claire Gill|
|3D wall sculpture |
(left) stoneware by Simon Conolly and (centre and right) mixed media relief by Sally Wilson
However I understand sales have been very respectable.
Prizes and Awards
There are a number of prizes and awards and some very different paintings which won them.
The Charles Pears Award (£500) for an outstanding work in any medium by a non-member was awarded to Matthew Draper PS.
|Nocturne with Reflections, Falmouth Harbour by Matthew Draper PS|
I'm used to seeing very much larger works of sea and sky by Matthew so was somewhat surprised to only find smaller works in this show.
The RSMA 35 and under Award was presented to Natalia Avdeeva. Her painting was most unusual and there is a detailed description in the catalogue and on her website of her approach to painting.
These large-scale, powerful paintings are created on a large format vacuum bed. Painting directly onto the silk screen, it is a fast paced, freestyle process, which at first glance appears to be frantic and chaotic belying the reality that each painting is the result of meticulous preparation.
|Warm Sands by Natalia Avdeeva ROI|
|One of Geoff Hunt's paintings|
|The Dawn Haul by JF Morgan RSMA|
One of my favourite subjects is the now extinct old side-winding deep-waters trawlers of Grimsby and Hull, and depiction of these fine vessels in their element, especially in rough seas, have sold very well over the years and still attract clients since they make interesting and distinctive subjects, apart from recording realistically the most dangerous job in the world, in an industry long dimished. How do I know about it? Because I've long had an interest in that part of maritime history and have to hand research material, plus my late partner was a Grimsby trawler-skipper of some note, who was always on hand to make certain I got ship details right.
The Artist Magazine award went to James Bartholomew RSMA for all his works on display. This is for the most deserving work, as judged by the Magazine. The winner will be interviewed for a feature in The Artist magazine, print and digital edition.
|One of James Bartholomew's paintings - in watercolour with pastel|
The Sea Pictures Gallery Award was awarded to Brian Smith.
|Fighting the Elements by Brian Smith|
The Winsor and Newton Oil Prize - For a notable oil painting. Charles Inge will be making a selection of £250 worth of Winsor & Newton materials. I liked this painting - there was something very ethereal about it. (ignore the reflections in the glass!)
|Tethered Beach Hut (£900) by Charles Inge|
The Russell and Chapple Canvas Prize (£100 worth of canvas supplies for an outstanding work in oils or acrylics) was awarded to Bruce Williams. When not exhibiting with the RSMA you can find Bruce in his small gallery in a hut on the beach at Whitstable - where you can see some very big skies.
|Clouds under the Swale by Bruce Williams|
The RK Burt Prize - for works on paper - was won by Wendy Borello RSMA whose watercolours included paintings of underwater. First this is not a subject which is often tackled and second they were impressive paintings!
|One of Wendy Borello's paintings of under the water - in this case a coral reef|
|The Fisherman's Shelter (£1,150) by Haidee-Jo Summers|
Previous posts about the RSMA exhibitionsFor those interested in submitting work via the open entry to future exhibitions of the RSMA, you might care to also take a look at past exhibitions.
The Call for Entries for the 2017 exhibition opens on 27 March 2017.
The subject matter must be essentially marine in nature, relating in some way to tidal waters of the world; topographical, historical, still life, and figure painting are all welcomed. Paintings of non-tidal rivers, inland lakes and waterways etc are not permissible. Most media are acceptable, including oils, watercolour, acrylics, pastels, drawings, original prints and sculpture.2015: Review: 70th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Marine Artists
2014: Annual Exhibition of the Royal Society of Marine Artists - Review (Part 1)
2013: Review: Royal Society of Marine Artists - 68th Annual Exhibition
2012: Review: 2012 Exhibition of the Royal Society of Marine Artists
2011: Review: Royal Society of Marine Artists - Annual Exhibition 2011
2010: REVIEW: Royal Society of Marine Artists - 65th Annual Exhibition 2010
2007: Celebrating the sea with the Royal Society of Marine Artists