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