I’m very proud to share that I’ve had a painting selected for the ING Discerning Eye exhibition in London for the third year in succession. My selected work is an oil painting of a peat black ploughed field from a weekend on the Somerset Levels in the Spring.
The Discerning Eye annual exhibition is a show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics. This gives the impression of six individually curated exhibitions with separate personalities. They always have a “celebrity” collector, this year it is Celia Imrie. It’s alway interesting to see who has picked your work and how it fits in on their wall.
It was originally supported by the late Brian Sewell who thought that small works were often overlooked in the art market.
Here is this years work along with my previous submissions and private view photos. (Note to self, work harder to avoid appalling glare in photos!)
Spot the red dot
Have We Enjoyed Ourselves Enough Yet, 10 x 12 inches (ING Discerning Eye and RWA Open selected, Clevedon Selector’s choice).
Porthcawl Lifeguard Lookout
Click the links for the posts about the 2015 and 2014 exhibitions.
It’s well worth a visit if you are in London but if you can’t make it then don’t forget that you can see my work at the Portishead Lido cafe again in a few weeks from the 25-27th of November. I’ll be exhibiting again with the Portishead Arts group.
The 2016 Discerning Eye Exhibition will be open from Thursday 17 November until Sunday 27 November, between 10am and 5pm daily, at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1, just to be clear that I’m not talking about a Bristol shopping centre. Admission will be free and all the works will be for sale.
Thanks for all your support during the last Lido show.
I can reveal that the Portishead Arts group are running another pop up show at the Portishead Lido cafe for three days in November , Friday 25th, Sat 26th and Sun 27th, 10am – 5.30pm, with a late night opening with a bar on the Friday until 9pm.
Take a look at the Portishead Arts group website for more details of the other artists taking part.
I’ll be displaying a wider range of work than last time including some work from Cornwall and the Peak District so if you didn’t make it last time or want to see some paintings from further afield come along.
Here’s a little plein air (well inside the cafe) painting I completed during an afternoon cake induced lull. If you look closely you’ll see it’s a drier, more blocky technique than usual. This was mainly due to it being solvent free to allow the visitors to enjoy their triple decker coffee and walnut sponge without being in a turps haze. I’ll take low odour solvents next time!
Not a bad commute* to work today. I’m stewarding at the PortisheadLido for the Portishead Arts pop up gallery. I’m here today and next Friday. Come and say Hi.
I’m shocked to announce that I’ve won the main “Prize for Excellence” at the Clifton Arts Club open exhibition.
Ignoring this go and see the exhibition over the next two weeks. There’s some great stuff there and the venue is incredible.
I wasn’t trying to look smug, sorry
Trevor Haddrell RWA, Ione Parkin RWA and Ros Cuthbert RWA, what. a discerning trio
Sorry, I also got a critics choice for this. Thanks Ione.