Some March Good News

March 23, 2020

More than ever, at times like this, we could all do with some good news … however to be honest, some of the news
I have to share from Members may not turn out too well in the end, as galleries are shutting their doors all over the UK!

Still, it’s good to know what has been going on, so here are some news items to hopefully cheer and share:

Carole Griffin was invited to do a watercolour demonstration of fruit for an article in the January issue of the Artists and Illustrators Magazine

Austin Cole has had these 3 prints shortlisted for the NEAC Exhibition

David Sawyer:  Following his invitation to accompany HRH Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall on their recent Caribbean tour, David has an exhibition at the Panter & Hall Gallery in Pall Mall.  The gallery is still open at the moment and the exhibition continues until 27th March

Cinzia Bonada has informed us that the Small Paintings Group, which includes some of our members, are in:

The Geedon Gallery Spring Exhibition 

Jaggers, Fingringhoe, Colchester, Essex CO5 7DN
From 4th – 19th April

‘Path by the Railway’ by Cinzia Bonada

John Sprakes is having a large one man show at Beverley Art Gallery which will run from the 14th March until 30 May:

Treasure House, Champney Road, Beverley HU17 8HE

AND … there is lots of good news from some of our RISING STARS:

Alexander James Wood
Alex J Wood is excited to have shown new bronzes, including Piña Colada PalmGush and a new series of watercolours at the Superfine! Art Fair in Los Angeles recently 

He says he is now working with ceramics and The Groucho Club have some of his work in their art collection

Alice Boggis Rolfe has had some work shown in the Osborne Studio Gallery’s exhibition ‘New Horizons’ and also in The Wykeham Gallery Christmas show which continued until March

Owain Hunt is a member of Contemporary British Portrait Painters and has work in the 2020 Royal Society of Portrait Painters at the Mall Galleries.  He has also had a Solo Show – ‘Perceptions’ – at Cass Art in Bristol

‘Woman in a Knitted Jumper’ by Owain Hunt

Alexander Glass:
At the end of 2019 Alex was offered the opportunity to create British Airways’ First Life magazine’s Winter Edition cover:

Also, for the second year running he contributed a work to the Terrence Higgins Trust Auction which was held at Christies

Deeper – 2019 
epoxy resin, jesmonite & silver ring

RBA RISING STARS AT THE RBA ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2020
We are delighted to report that the following young ‘STARS’ managed to have their work included in this year’s show, helping to produce an exhibition of such outstanding quality:
Poppy Field, Natalier Glinoer, Owain Hunt, Charlie Schaffer Liqing Tan,
Tara Versey  and Alex Wood

Also … among this year’s applicants for the Rome Scholarship were:

Merlin Bateman-Paris, Jonathan Farningham and Julia Watson
… who all had their work included in the exhibition!

I’m sure you will agree that it is heart warming to know that more and more exciting young talented artists are involved with the RBA!

AND AN INTERESTING NOTE TO END ON …
We thank Cinzia Bonada who shared an article from The Times about John Tenniel, whose illustrations for ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ were pivotal to the early success of Lewis Carroll’s story.  It seems that the artist was “better known than the author” at that time and he exhibited his first oil painting at the ‘Society of British Artists’ when he was just 16 years old!

Royal Society of British Artists

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