|RSMA exhibition in the Main Gallery|
|View of the exhibition in the Threadneedle Space|
|RSMA Annual Exhibition - Main Gallery|
|Variations of a marine theme - in the Main Gallery|
|RSMA Annual Exhibition|
|RSMA Annual Exhibition - another corner of the Threadneedle Space|
The Charles Pears AwardThis award commemorates the first elected President of the Royal Society of Marine Artists. You can read a blog post by Tony Williams - who won the £500 Charles Pears Award - on the Mall Galleries website.
|Ship with Moon (£1,595) by Tony Williams|
Winner of The Charles Pears Award
The painting “Ship with Moon” has come from a series of romantic/nostalgia studies following bright summer moonrises and a looking back to the days when I lived in south London as a boy and art student cycling up to the river Thames a few miles away with my old camera. It is a subject that allows me to indulge in my love of the constructivists, whilst mellowed by a romantic element.
The Artist Magazine AwardJamel Akib will be interviewed for a feature in The Artist Magazine after winning their award. The composition and dynamic diagonals within it make you feel as if you're sailing in the boat with the crew.
|Pull 2 (£2,200) by Jamel Akib|
Winner of The Artist Magazine Award
The Classic Boat PrizeSheena Bevis-White - from the open entry - won this prize with her painting of Juno and will have her painting featured in Classic Boat.
|Juno by Sheena Bevis-White|
The RK Burt Canson Paper AwardThis is for works on paper and was won by Margaret Heath RSMA. Her traditional watercolour has some wonderful qualities of light.
|Winter Sunrise, Lymington Quay (£795 - sold) by Margaret Heath RSMA|
Winner of the R K Burt Canson Paper Prize
The Derek Gardner 'Sea and Sky' AwardJames Williams focused on paintings of waves and that sometimes indeterminate horixzon line between sea and sky.
|Two paintings by James Williams|
the top one - 'Into the Light' - won the The Derek Gardner 'Sea and Sky' Award
The Russell and Chapple Canvas PrizeJohn Lines RSMA RBSA won this prize with a painting of a very large ship.
|Brisk Day Departure (£2,150) by John Lines|
Winner of the Russell and Chapple Canvas Prize
The Sea Pictures Gallery awardDavid Nixon painted a subject which I guess would most watercolour artists think twice.
|Highrise (£1,000) by David Nixon|
Winner of the Sea Pictures Gallery Award
The Winsor & Newton Oil PrizeBruce Williams won Winsor & Newton products to the value of £250.
|Breakwater and Neptune (£3,000) by Bruce Williams|
Winner of the Winsor & Newton Oil Prize
Other works I liked
I don't normally think of monochrome as being associated with Marine Art but I saw four works which I thought worth highlighting.
|(Left) Next-the-Oceans VII (Aquatint) by Marianne Ferm|
(top right) Walking the Pier (solar plate etching) by Despina Symeou
(bottom right) Beached (aquatint) by Stephen Asquith
|Wells next the Sea (edition of 10) by Simon Dodd ARBSAlinocut £380|
One of the things I noticed is that paintings including figures were selling very well.
Particularly if they were children on a beach AND were well drawn/painted. There's a lot of famous painters who have painted children on a beach - with Singer Sargent and Sorolla being two of the more well known. This is an exhibition which provides an opportunity for the artist who likes painting figures - they just need to find a marine context!
Events and workshops
There's a range of events and workshops during the exhibition. Some are free and some have a fee for attendance.
Yesterday afternoon Tim Hall gave a well attended demonstration of painting a marine scene in oils
2.00 – 4.30pm. We discussed my review of his painting which won the Charles Pears Award in 2014.
|Oil painting demonstration by Tim Hall|
Tomorrow Geoff Hunt PPRSMA is doing a workshop on drawing ships and boats
Next week there are more demonstrations by members:
- Wednesday 21st October David Allen RSMA (pastel) 2.00 – 4.30pm - you can see more of his work here
- Wednesday 21st October Gareth Brown ARSMA (oil) 2.00 – 4.30pm
- Thursday 22nd October Martin Swan RSMA (oil) 11.00am – 3.00pm
- Saturday 24th October David Howell PPRSMA (watercolour) from 12.00 noon
Plus there's a Vice President's Tour at 11am on the 21st October . On Wednesday evening there's a maritime themed evening of stories from artists about commissions undertaken