The exhibition can be found in the North Gallery of the Mall Galleries and continues until Sunday 25th October. The exhibition is open each day from 10am to 5pm. It closes at 1pm on the final day. Admission is free.
|A small part of the RMS Annual Exhibition 2015 in its regular home|
- the North Gallery of the Mall Galleries
all photographs taken with permission of the RMS | all paintings in this post copyright the artist
The maximum overall sizes for miniatures including picture, frame and mount if any, are:You will see below that the actual paintings are quite a lot smaller than the allowed size including mat and frame.
RMS - Artist Information for Exhibition Entry
- Rectangles and Ovals: 4.5" x 6" (11.5 x 15cm)
- Squares: 4.5" x 4.5" (11.5 x 11.5cm)
- Rounds: 4.5" (11.5cm) diameter
This year you can also see a slideshow of works in the exhibition online.
|The special display cases enable visitors to get a really good view of the miniature artworks|
and at the same time make provide excellent security
As always the exhibition is extremely well organised. Many congratulations also to the RMS webmaster on actually having the Society's website updated with everything relevant to the exhibition in the first week!
|Miniature art also includes miniature sculpture|
DemonstrationsDemonstrations are held in the North Gallery throughout the exhibition. Those for this week are:
- Monday 19th Oct - Paul Eaton (sculptor)
- Tuesday 20th Oct - Helen White
- Wednesday 21st Oct - Rosemary Bentley
- Thursday 22nd Oct - Michael Coe
- Friday 23rd Oct - Graham Lock
- Saturday 24th Oct - Barbara Valentine
Below are the long list of prizewinners - although as per usual some artists were winning more than one prize!
Do also visit the RMS website to have a good look at the works which won the awards - minus the reflections in my photographs!
The Royal Society of Miniature Painters Sculptors and Gravers Gold Memorial Bowl - and Arturi Phillips 'Connoisseur' Award
Just one work is selected for this top award. This year the award went to Ewa Buksa for Suzi.
Ewa is a Polish artist who uses enamel paints to paint on metal surfaces. She studied at the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź and the Escola Superior de Disseny i d’Art Llotja in Barcelona and has been awarded a diploma with distinction from the Jewellery Design Faculty.
I liked her restrained frames to her oval miniatures
|Suzi by Ewa Buksa|
enamel paint on copper
copyright Ewa Buka
|Sue by Ewa Buksa|
enamel on copper
|Sleepy Kitten by Suzanne Bradley, |
Gold Memorial Bowl
This is a technique of painting with enamels on a metal base: copper, silver or gold. The enamel is applied by brush. Each colour smelts at a different temperature in the furnace, and the painting is executed in numerous stages. Work on a single miniature takes approximately one month. The colour obtained remains unaffected by time or external factors, and is just the same hundreds of years later as when the miniature was finished. This is the most difficult and most demanding of all the enamelling techniques, and requires a combination of goldsmith, enamelling and painting expertise.You can see the works which got Honourable Mentions re. the Gold Memorial Bowl on the Society's website.
The Prince of Wales Award for Outstanding Miniature Painting
Tracy Hall won this prestigious award for her tiny painting of a House Sparrow. Tracy is a previous winner of the Gold Memorial Bowl - at her first exhibition with RMS in 2008. (see this post)
|House Sparrow by Tracy Hall|
2.75" x 1.75" watercolour on Arches
|Group of watercolour miniature paintings by Tracy Hall|
President's Special Commendation Miniature Work
AND Rosemary and Co First Time Exhibitor Award
|President's Special Commendation Miniature Work - Anenomes £250 SOLD|
Rosemary and Co First Time Exhibitor Award - Where's Mum? £250 SOLD
by Pam Wilmot
The Royal Miniature Society Group Award and The Elizabeth Meek Award
South African artist Karyn Wiggill ARMS won the £500 for the award for the best group of miniature artworks.
|Group of miniature drawings by Karen Wiggill|
pencil on paper
£220 - £250
The Elizabeth Meek Award was created by the ex-President of the RMS and was also won by Karen for her very fine pencil drawing of a rhino. This is her blog
|Portrait of a Rhino by Karyn Wiggill|
pencil on paper
Llewellyn Alexander Subject Miniature Award and Anita Emmerich Presentation Award
This £500 award went to Andrew Hutchinson ARMS for a contre jour portrait of a cow.
|Nosey Cow by Andrew Hutchinson|
acrylic on board
Andrew won two awards like last year. This year his second award was the Anita Emmerich Presentation Award
|English Pointer by Andrew Hutchinson|
acrylic on board
The Marion Winter 'Kunstler Award' of £500
This is an award by a German miniature artist who lives in Australia - which Alison Griffin PVPRMS, HS, SLm won this year with a detailed miniature painting of an interior.
|Cushions on the Sofa by Alison Griffin|
acylic on board
The Marion Winter 'Joey Award' for Animals and Wildlife of £500
A racing horse won this prize for Ihtasham Hasan. There's a much better image on the website.
|Tent Pegging by Ihtasham Hasan|
Peter Charles Booth Memorial Award
Rosemary Bentley RNS HS won this award with her monochromatic watercolour painting in the style an old photo.
|John Leslie by Rosemary Bentley RMS HS|
watercolour on polymin
Anthony J Lester Art Critics Award
Iain Gardiner RMS won the Art Critics Award which Anthony J Lester awards each year. Iain won the Gold Memorial Bowl in 2010.
Iain's work is very cmplex as it always involves some degree of reflection or refraction of light within it. In this instance I recognised from the views that he'd been with his model at the top of The Shard.
|Reflection with the View of St Paul's by Iain Gardiner|
oil on canvas
|Iain Gardiner and his girlfriend and model|
The Bonhams Portrait AwardThis was won by the world renowned portrait artist Bill Mundy RMS.
|Clive Martin OBE by Bill Mundy|
watercolour on vellum
The Mundy Sovereign Portrait Award
This award is a sovereign mounted in a framed certificate for the best portrait.
A Belgian artist - Jill Keppens - won the Mundy Sovereign Portrait Award. Bill Mundy wrote a blog post about why he awarded her this prize that he initiated and judges - see Silver and Gold.
For the past twenty-five years I’ve given ‘The Mundy Portrait Sovereign Award’ for the miniature portrait I consider to be the best in the exhibition. Embedded in the award is a gold sovereign). This year I took great delight in awarding it to Jill Keppens for a most wonderful portrait. Jill is only twenty- five years old and is one of a pair of twin artists.
|Edward de Neef by Jill Keppens|
watercolour on polymin
- The Bidder and Borne Sculptors and Gravers Award - £350 won by Ray Winder for The Hunted
- Arturi Phillips Connoisseur Commendation Award - won by Elizabeth Meek MBE PPRMS for her painting of Toby Dalton. Elizabeth retired as the President of the RMS in 2014 and was awarded an MBE n the 2014 New Year Honours List for Services to the Arts
What I liked
It was good to see evidence of innovation and I loved the engraving on glass with gold lead - by Claire Russell. Claire is also the Executive Secretary of the RMS.
|Tom by Ewa Buksa |
enamel on copper £800