Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours - 208th Annual Exhibition and Prizewinners

Today should have been the Private View of the 208th Annual Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours.  Instead of which, due to the coronavirus crisis, everything is carrying on - ONLINE!

There's a possibility that the show will be shown at the Mall Galleries on a later date in 2020 - subject to the timeline for the Coronavirus crisis.

RI 208th Annual Exhibition

You can:
  • review the paintings selected for the 2020 RI Exhibition ONLINE (SCROLL DOWN)
  • take a look at what painting and which artist won which prize - SEE BELOW for the names of the prizewinners and links to their artwork online - plus comments on what prompted the painting
  • Paintings are also being sold online - about which more tomorrow

RI Prizewinners 2020

Be Still by Deborah Walker

I'm assuming all the prizewinners were selected when the paintings were selected by the RI Panel for the exhibition.

The Mall Gallery has done blog posts about the prizewinners - in four parts. Click the links to see the prizewinning paintings

Prize Winners Part One

    • George Butler  - The Winsor & Newton Award: £3,000. I recognised his work as soon as I opened the blog post!
    • Day Bowman - The Winsor & Newton Product Prize: £1,000 worth of Winsor & Newton art materials
    • Suzon Lagarde - The Leathersellers' Prize: £1,000 awarded by The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers to an artist aged between 18 and 30 years old
    • David Howell PPRSMA - The James Fletcher-Watson RI Memorial Award: £500 for the best use of watercolour in the exhibition - includes a Soundcloud podcast about his painting
    • Deborah Walker RI RSMA - The Megan Fitzoliver Brush Award: A trophy, named The Pipe Fish, awarded for a work that most inspires a connection with the natural world. (see above)
    The inspiration for 'Be Still' is from such a place near to my home in Staffordshire. I like to walk at the end of my working day, to breathe and clear my head. It's a quiet time.
    • Claire Sparkes RI - The Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award: A certificate of commendation for an outstanding work chosen by the art critic and broadcaster Anthony J Lester - VERY IMPRESSIVE in my opinion.

    Prize Winners Part Two

    • Emma Hollaway - The Schmincke Prize: A Horadam Aquarell Artists’ Watercolours set to an outstanding exhibitor.
    • Lucy Pulvers - The President’s Choice Award: An award of £750 for the most deserving work in the exhibition, donated by a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) and judged by the President of the RI, Rosa Sepple (includes a podcast about the painting)
    • Paul Murray - The Richard Plincke RI Prize for Colour: An award of £250 for creative use of colour

      • Lisa Graa Jensen RI - The Debra Manifold RI Memorial Award: Presented by the Linda Blackstone Gallery, an award for the most innovative work in the exhibition
      • Faye Bridgwater - The John Purcell Paper Prize: Paper to the value of £100 awarded to a work chosen by John Purcell. I'm a big fan of her work.

      140 Monochrome Studies of Sussex by Faye Bridgwater

        • Prize Winners Part Three
          • Lillias August RI - The Baohong Artists' Watercolour Paper Prizes: £250 awarded to a member for excellence
          • Juliette Losq - The Baohong Artists' Watercolour Paper Prizes: £250 awarded to a non-member for excellence
          • Martha Zmpounou - The Cass Art Prize: A prize of £200 of art supplies from Cass Art, awarded to a work demonstrating the most innovative use of colour
          • Tianya Zhou RI - The Chaoshan Watercolour Award: £250 awarded by Chinese artist, Professor Li Xiaocheng, for the best classically inspired watercolour
          • Prize Winners Part Four
            • Desmond Clark - The Dry Red Press Award: The winning work will be published as a greeting card in the Dry Red Press 'Prize Winners' range, with royalties from the sale of the cards going to the artist 

          • Brendan Smith - The Escoda Barcelona Award: A set of Escoda's finest brushes for an outstanding landscape painting 
          • Alex Chilvers - The Frank Herring Easel Award: An easel presented for an outstanding work in the exhibition by Frank Herring & Sons
          • Geoff Butterworth - The Neil Meacher RI Watercolour Award: An award of £250 for an outstanding watercolour

          The odd thing for me is I read the titles of some of the prizes and I remember the people they memorialise. If you want to be remembered, I recommend you create a trust for awarding a prize in your name after you're long gone....

          Richard Plinke painting a watercolour on "Art Society Saturday" in 2007
          in the RI 195th Annual Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour

          8" x 10", pen and ink in a Moleskine sketchbook
          copyright Katherine Tyrrell

          If you yearn to look at watercolour paintings on walls, you can also take a look round the RI Annual Exhibition in 2019 in my Facebook photo album of the exhibition


          ARCHIVE: RI Annual Exhibition 2007-2019

          The purpose of this video isn't to give you an in-depth view of all the paintings so much as to give you:an idea of the overall size of the exhibitiona notion of how big the paintings are that get selected via the open entrya view of the paintings that were selected this year

          This exhibition has always been very popular with the provincial art societies whose members arrive in droves - on coaches!




            1 comment:

            1. I was looking forward to meet you at the sad.


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