Took myself down to London to see the BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery and the Summer exhibition at the Royal Academy, more of that in another post.
I always find this exhibition an inspiration and a illustration of just how much there is to learn. I don’t think I will ever get there but you need to look at the work of others to improve, I took time to study hair and the boundaries between subjects and background. I am not sure I am any wiser.
Some tremendous hyperrealism paintings, you have to wonder at the skillset to produce this work, I always wonder if I am blown away by the technique or the subject.
I think everyone has their own winner and the picture that engaged me the most by its presence in the room and the clever use of a highlight on her ring constantly pulling your eye from her face was Gaela Erwins Portrait of Neema Tambo.
My own short list below-
First time for everything my daughter brought me a unstretched painting back from her travels. I have just got round to stretching it over a frame, after a couple of goes to get it positioned corectly it worked out fine.
I will have to look into the cost of stretcher bars and canvas next time I need one.
Limited edition print Moon Rising, framed and on the wall.
This picture was created by my art class tutor Alice Walker from her summer exhibition.
Just been to Upfest, a street art festival in Bristol spread out over the town, packed with artist doing their thing, had to dodge the British weather but still got to see some great art. Another thing to add to my list of things to try.
The standard of work in this exhibition is tremendous; I always come away appreciating the skill and talent of the artists. I have taken a few pictures of my favourites to add here.
It is a competitions so you have to select your own favourite, mine was (Rhyming slang for worth nix) by artist Janne kearney
Had a trip down to sunny London to catch the exhibition at the Royal Academy “America after the fall” before it all finished to make way for the Summer exhibition.
Took the audio guide to learn about the pictures how they fitted into the exhibition and some background on the artists, My real reason in going was to see Grant Woods American Gothic, it was a great surprise to see his other work especially Daughters of revolution which I thought was as wonderful picture full of satire and hidden meaning.
Artweeks is coming to Oxford going to get round a few places this year to soak up some inspiration.
Visited Waddesdon Manor and Kate Malone’s Ceramic exhibition, all inspired by Waddesdon its history and the surrounding landscape. I was very surprised it was a wonderful collection of work that looked really tactile, if you get the opportunity it’s worth a visit.
After visiting the BP Portrait awards it would have been rude not to go to the Summer Exhibition, always loads of different, strange and unusual art there, I was a little disappointed this year as many of the works I thought stood out, were from previous exhibitors, I might take a break from visiting to avoid the repeatability of some of the work.
Still loads of good stuff to inspire, You have to pick a favourites don’t you, so Marleen Suzanne de Graaf Swamp light and Andrew Mcintosh RA! Get my vote.