The exhibition continues until Sunday 26th October 2014 in the North Gallery of the Mall Galleries. Admission is free. There are also free daily demonstrations by members in the Gallery - see my listing for the remaining days below
A comprehensive catalogue for the exhibition which comes with a signed endorsement from the Prince of Wales who is a Patron of this Royal ArtSociety!
|Annual Exhibition 2014 in the North Gallery|
|Magnifying glasses are available in the exhibition to view the art|
The standard of display is also excellent with special stands lined with black velvet onto which the paintings are pinned. Plus lots of magnifying glasses are available. These are essential equipment if you ever want to sell miniature art.
As usual this is an art society which understands well the needs of its collectors. It provides a special private view for those art collectors who have purchased work at previous exhibitions and this had been held earlier in the day. Several works already sported red spots - and more were purchased while I reviewed the exhibition.
Awards and Commendations
The Royal Society Of Miniature Painters Sculptors And Gravers Gold Memorial Bow
Mt Stokes, Port Davey, Southwest Tasmania
Joan Humble RMS, MAA, MASF, MPSGS, ASMA (Tas)
|Anita Emmerich Presentation Award|
Douglas River by Joan Humble
|Group of works by Joan Humble|
( 5 x 10cm - oil on polymin - prices vary from £1,000 to £1,300)
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|The Prince Of Wales Award For Outstanding Miniature Painting|
Rosalind Pierson PRMS CFA(Oxon) PPHS MAA MASF
Watercolour landscape painting
I had a very interesting discussion with her regarding the technique of miniature art painting. I came up with the phrase that Miniature Art is the "Tai Chi of Painting" after Rosalind advised me that the quality of miniature artwork is determined by your ability to place a mark very slowly and accurately rather than by any ability to see and work in miniature.
Control over making your mark very slowly is the skill that needs to be mastered.
|RMS Award for The Best Collection Of Five Or More Miniature Works (£500)Rosemary & Co. Award For First Time Exhibitor|
acrylic on board (priced between £230 and £270)
Andrew is a Yorkshire-born wildlife artist, best known for his highly detailed paintings and prints of birds, dogs, farm and wild animals. He describes himself first and foremost as a wildlife painter and a naturalist rather than a miniature artist - and he also paints larger works. However his paintings measuring 2-3 inches across are expertly painted and display an acute awareness of what is both characteristic and appealing in different animals. Andrew works in acrylic on board
The President’s Special Commendation is given for two works
|President’s Special Commendation - Miniature Work|
Young Swallows by Tracy Hall
Watercolour on rag board 3.75" x 2", £400 (sold)
The President's Commendation for a Large Work went to Hanging By A Thread by John Good
|The Bidder And Borne Sculptors And Gravers Award (£350)Skyfall by Paul Eaton VPRMS MAA HS MASF MPSGS|
Bronze and sterling silver) £1,350
|Llewellyn Alexander Subject Miniature Award (£500)|
The Arturi Phillips ‘Connoisseur’ Award
Murphy by Suzanne Bradley RMS
watercolour on ivorine, £240 (sold)
Suzanne Bradley's tiny paintings of animals were proving very popular after she won two awards. Following the Buyer's Preview in the morning, she had sold four of the six on display by the middle of the first afternoon.
The way to buy a winner's work is to buy work and then get invited to the Buyer's Preview!
|The Bonhams Portrait AwardJane by Oliver King ARMS|
Height: 2.5" watercolour on vellum, (£700)
I seem to have missed the The Mundy Sovereign Portrait Award which went to Michael Coe
The Elizabeth Meek Award
The Grand Canal, Venice by Erica Youngman
watercolour on paper, £995 (sold)
|Marion Winter ‘Joey’ AwardAn Existence Hanging By A Thread by Ray Winder|
watercolour on boxwood, £2,500
He's won two awards in this year's exhibition - see above and below. Below you can also see his suite of works.
|Anthony J Lester Art Critic AwardThe Passage Of Time by Ray Winder|
watercolour on boxwood (£2,150 - NFS)
|Five works by Ray Winder (47-51)priced between £2,150 and £2,500|
|Marion Winter ‘Kunstler’ AwardReflection In A Regent Street Window - Iain Gardiner RMS|
oil on canvas, £3,000
|Peter Charles Booth Memorial AwardCarnival Preparation, Little Venice by Alison Griffin|
acrylic on board, £450
These are the demonstrations taking place during the exhibition
- Saturday 18th October - Wendy Hyams
- Sunday 19th October - Marian Tumelty (Vice President)
- Monday 20th October - Phaedon Constantinidis
- Tuesday 21st October - Helen White - of interest to those interested in gilding and illumination
- Wednesday 22nd October - Rosalind Pierson (President)
- Thursday 23rd October - Michael Coe
- Fridat 24th October - Jean Canter
- Saturday 25th October - Graham Lock