BP Portrait Awards 2019

A bit of a regular thing for me,  taking a day out to go to London and see the BP portrait Awards and the Summer Exhibition at the RA. I will post some  stuff from that a bit later.

Lots of super hyper realistic paintings in this years Exhibition, you have to admire the technical ability of the artists, but for me you can’t beat a few obvious  brush strokes in a portrait.

You cant go agreeing with the judges and this years winner did not get my vote. But what do I know.

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my vote went to…

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and my other likes

 

Great exhibition I always come away with great admiration for the artist and some inspiration to keep having a go at this art stuff.

 

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Up the smoke

Had a day away from work and went up the smoke to Tate Briton and the Edward Burne-Jones  exhibition.

It is a very big exhibition set in 6 galleries covering his early art, drawings and his popular Pre-Raphaelite pictures, plus stain glass windows, tapestries and other decorated items, so lots to see.

 

 

 

BP Portrait Awards 2018

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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.

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My own short list below-

 

Stretching canvas

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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.

 

Framed

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.

UPFEST

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.

 

BP Portrait Awards 2017

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

America after the fall

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.

Art weeks

Artweeks is coming to Oxford  going to get round a few places this year to soak up some inspiration.

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Ceramics it’s not just pots

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.