May
7
7:30 PM19:30

Ros Ford RWA (Drawing & Print)- Structures in the Landscape

Ros Ford RWA, RE is a painter and printmaker based in Bristol.

Inspired by the unordered, the overlooked and the sideshows of life, Ros’s work is mostly about functional structures and buildings that are often unnoticed. Her recent etchings are based on hidden industrial landscapes close to her home and studio as well as Wales and Italy. She makes drawings and photographs on location that she then develops into series of prints and paintings.

Her work is exhibited, collected and held in public and private collections in the UK and internationally. She undertakes commissions and residencies, teaches drawing and printmaking and has founded and coordinated art events

Ros is an elected member of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers, London and has won national prizes and awards

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Jun
11
7:30 PM19:30

Stephen Jacobson- Art Career and Framing and Presentation Tips

Stephen Jacobson RWA

 I was born in Manchester and studied at the Manchester High School of Art, Manchester College of Art and Liverpool College of Art. In 1971 I went to London to study at the Royal Academy School post-graduate course.

 After graduating I taught etching at Camden Institute before moving to Bristol in 1975. I worked in design for several years while continuing to paint and exhibit locally and in London. In 1988 I moved to Portishead and this led to a fascination with the sea and the skies.

 In 2008 I was elected to the Royal West of England Academy and became vice president in 2013. In 2017 I curated an exhibition at the RWA on the theme of ‘Air’ and in the same year was invited to become a member of the Bath Society of Artists.

 I am currently involved with scheduling exhibitions at the Academicians’ Gallery at the RWA

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Jul
9
7:30 PM19:30

Jem Bowden- Watercolour Landscapes- Direct & Dynamic

Jem Bowden - Direct & Dynamic Watercolour Landscape

 Jem Bowden is a plein air painter at heart, working outdoors whenever there is opportunity and always completing each work in front of the subject.  He works in a direct, committed and broadly ‘impressionistic’ way, trying to capture what counts most about a scene through the best attributes of the watercolour medium.

In demonstration Jem explains and shows the main principles he typically works to, the range of techniques he uses and the energy he puts into his work.  He likes these occasions to be as informal and interactive as possible, so ‘feel free to heckle’.

Watercolour by Jem Bowden

Watercolour by Jem Bowden

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Sep
10
7:30 PM19:30

Andrew Lansley, Home and Away- Antarctica Residency

ANDREW LANSLEY, Chairman. Bath Society of Artists

Home and Away-including his Antarctica Residency

 Focusing on the here and now is generally regarded as a good thing. Art that is happening now is interesting, stimulating and can occupy and satisfy our whole attention. In growing up, I was always interested in music that was happening now and tended to disregard anything that had become mainstream or popular. However, in art especially, it has taken me about half a century to realise that context is everything. Without knowledge of time and place, what has happened before or elsewhere, or how the future might take shape, it is difficult to know the value of one's work. This is underlined for me by the fact that whatever else you try to control or dictate about your work, the one thing you have absolutely no control over if the time and place you are born in. This makes awareness of the context in which you are working absolutely imperative. To be unaware is to be blind, to some degree or other.

Then the question is, how far do you set your net?

In this talk I will try to address this question and related issues referring back to prehistoric man and possible futures as outlined by writers such as Nick Bostrum and Max Tegman..

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The Antarctica Residency Spring 2019 has been awarded by The Friends of The Scott Polar Research Institute.

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Nov
12
7:30 PM19:30

Richard Kay, Art Historian. Trick or Treat- Fakes & Forgeries

RICHARD KAY, MA

Director, Picture Department

LAWRENCES AUCTIONEERS

 Trick or Treat? Fakes and Forgeries in the Art Market`

 The talk looks at 500 years of fakes and forgeries in the field of Fine Art. Some of the examples to be shown are elaborate works by infamous forgers, others are more commonplace attempts produced by inexpert amateurs hoping to fool an unsuspecting collector in a saleroom or an antique shop. There will be an assessment of methods used and some warning signs to help avoid anyone making a similar mistake. Fakes imitating artists as varied as Botticelli, Kandinsky, Louis Wain and Turner will be covered.

 

 “Three pictures purporting to be by J M W Turner, Sir Joshua Reynolds and a 16th Century German artist - but are any of them quite what they seem?”  Gives a flavour of what the talk will address

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Apr
9
7:30 PM19:30

Martin Bentham- Still Life Demonstration

MARTIN BENTHAM   RWA

 Martin Bentham has been a full-time professional artist since graduating from Exeter College of Art and Design in 1985. Primarily a figurative painter, Martin prefers to work directly from his subjects, which are mostly derived from the people and landscape of the Mendip Hills, where he lives.

He has held successful biennial one man shows since 1993 and has exhibited at numerous, notable selected exhibitions including the Royal Academy and the Royal West of England Academy. Martin was awarded the Daler-Rowney Oil Painting Prize in 2007 at the RWA Autumn Exhibition and has won first and second prize in the Viewer's Choice Award at the 2008 Exhibition.

He was elected an Academician of the RWA in January 2009 and since then has had two solo exhibitions there: July-August 2010 and in October 2012. In Sept-Nov 2014, Martin had an exhibition at The Bishop's Palace, Wells and he will be exhibiting there again this year (2018) from May-June.

Martin Bentham's paintings are in many private collections throughout the world.

 ‘For the evening Still Life Demo there will not be much time so you just have to get started on something. Through the duration of this still-life painting, I will be trying to consider several things (some at the same time):  Drawing, Composition, Tone, Colour and Texture. 

I will work with oil paint using brushes and palette knifes.  Hopefully, although one never knows, what I come up with may satisfy my initial inspiration and maybe do it justice!! The worst thing that could happen is failure for all to see!!

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Mar
19
7:30 PM19:30

Critique in Preparation for our Exhibition

We invite members to bring along one or two art works that they may or may not be thinking of hanging at a forthcoming exhibition. They are then appraised by a respected professional artist in front of all members who have brought work along. Sounds a bit daunting? Going on past experience, the appraisals have offered respectful and helpful, constructive and encouraging advice. The critique in this case will be by Martin Bentham, our President whose advice has all those qualities in spades.

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Mar
12
7:30 PM19:30

Ruth Ander- Experimenting with Monoprint

Ruth Ander- Water, light and vapour are the three elements that inspire her work.

Ruth’s technique is perfectly suited to expressing these inspirations-delicate, translucent drifts of colour on fine tissue paper and traditional hand-made Japanese paper. .“I think light and weather are so fundamental to us as human beings that they’re bound to affect us,” she comments. “Certain landscapes in certain lights have an impact, and I don’t think I’m alone here, or I hope not anyway. Especially living on a wind and rain swept island, where the weather changes so dramatically and often.  It does seem to be a Northern European thing to use the weather as a way to express feelings.”

“For me it’s an emotional kick,” Ruth says of the urge to begin a new work of art. “Landscape, nature and the sea feed my emotions and inner life, and when the light and weather conspire to create those beautiful effects I just feel I have to express that somehow. I’m lucky that I’ve found a technique whereby I’m able to express that feeling well – though it took a long time to get there! I can create very thin layers of paint that can be equivalents to light and vapour, so now if a view inspires me, I find I will start deconstructing it into how I can convey it.

Recently Ruth has had the chance to use the print facilities at Bower Ashton, as a Scholar on the first UWE/SpikePrintStudio Scholarship Programme in 2017/2018. This is awarded to experienced members of the Spike Print Studio and allows them to work at UWE’s excellent Print Department for a year. “This has been really exciting for me and allowed me to make etchings and screen prints mixed with my mono-prints to make, if not editions, multiples and variations on a theme.”

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Nov
13
7:30 PM19:30

Sophie Ploeg- Textiles in Pastel, a demonstration

Sophie Ploeg- Painter/tutor/writer

‘Searching for a bit of beauty in our world. Breaking down the mysteries of painting’

In my paintings I aim to connect dots; the dots of history, fashion, art and contemporary life. By seeking connections I hope to construct a meaningful layer to my and our lives. By incorporating pieces of history, referring to the art from the past, and using props such as antique lace, art can show the bigger picture.

I am an artist specializing in portraiture and drapery in oils and pastels. I love depicting textiles such as lace and velvet as well as creating evocative portraits. I share the beauty in life, arts, crafts and history in my painting by depicting historic objects, faces and textiles. My work has been exhibited at many shows such as The BP Portrait awards, The Pastel Society, and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Collections are found over Europe and the USA.

I also teach, speak, and write about art and art history, much of which can be found on my blog.

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Oct
9
7:30 PM19:30

Andrew James- A demonstration of Oil Portraits in Five Stages

ANDREW JAMES.  RP NEAC

A wonderfully passionate artist, Andrew James has been painting for over 25 years, capturing incredible likeness and energy of his subjects, through his sumptuously rigorous and painterly approach.

Based in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Andrew James is a highly sought after Artist, who has worked on many prestigious commissions of public figures. Winner of the Carroll Foundation Award in 1998 and of BBC’s Star Portraits with Rolf Harris, Andrew was elected Vice–President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 2008 and a member of the New English Art Club in 2017.

Self- taught, without mentor and unrestrained by outside influences, Andrews closeness and empathy for scenes and sitters clearly comes across in his many every day and down to earth subjects.

“He has absorbed a broad painterly aesthetic, displaying a thirst to draw inspiration from often disparate subjects”.  Paul James testimonial.

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Sep
11
7:30 PM19:30

Alan McGowan- Expressive Life Painting

Alan will be talking about how his work has developed over the years and its relationship to life drawing.

Based in Scotland, Alan is a respected painter of portraits and life studies. His paintings have featured at many exhibitions of contemporary art including the Scottish Portrait Awards 2017, the BP portrait exhibition at the National Gallery 2015 and he was a semi-finalist in the Sky Portrait Artist of the Year in 2014

Alan McGowan was born in 1964 in Glasgow and studied for his degree at Edinburgh College of Art. Working always from life, his paintings explore the tension between the inherent elusiveness of the world and our attempts to hold on to it. Seeing language itself as a vehicle for these attempts the language of paint – colour, tone, runniness, translucency, opacity, line etc become a second subject in tandem with the model, a parallel terrain. 

Alan also teaches figure drawing, painting and anatomy for artists and has taught at the Royal Academy in London, The National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art, and many other establishments. In 2012 he published a book of drawings “The Language of the Body” and In 2017 he published "Unstill Life.

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Jun
12
7:30 PM19:30

Huw Richard-Evans, Landscape and Seascape Artist

Huw Richard-Evans, My Work and a Demonstration

Born in Pembrokeshire, Huw moved to Bristol in 1980 where he studied fine art before embarking on a career in landscape painting and fashion. He initially built up a reputation as a fashion designer; working with a range of clients including the Celtic Manor Resort, The Shard and Eastern Airways. After lecturing in both Art and Fashion Design, Huw now focuses his talents on his great passion – painting. His career as a painter is now flourishing, with both national and international collectors appreciating his work. Now based in the South West, Huw is represented by galleries in Pembrokeshire, Cardiff and Bristol. His commissions include the RNLI, Bristol University and ITV’s Broadchurch.

Often textural and with a spiritual quality, Huw’s paintings contain drama, passion and energy. For Huw, the painting process is one of great personal joy. “I often start, not knowing where the creative journey will lead me. For me, my emotional response to the piece I am creating takes me on a sometimes unplanned path. Taking risks with a touch of paint and a flick of the brush leads me into exciting unknown territories.”

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May
8
7:30 PM19:30

Hashim Akib- Figures in a Scene

Hashim Akib- Demonstrating Figures in a Scene

Hashim is an Artist and Teacher who has worked as an Illustrator in the UK for over 15 years. With a client list that is very long and varied, he has gained valuable experience developing a backbone of drawing, conceptual ideas and various painting techniques.

As a child he was always drawing, painting or making clay models, whilst watching, reading and experiencing many creative processes.

As an Acrylic artist Hashim is inspired by street and marine scenes, trees and people with a strong accent on sunlight. Generally working from photos, there is very little preliminary drawing as Hashim likes to get straight in using vibrant colours and lively brush strokes to keep the energy of the image going, often working on 3 or 4 paintings at a time.

Hashim has generally become more drawn to abstract images, exploring colour and spontaneous brush marks, and being less reliant on detail. Always enjoying the processes and discovering new artistic and creative horizons.

Throughout his career Hashim has won many awards, produced books, carried out live demonstrations, and contributed articles to many art publications. His work is shown in several galleries in the UK, and he has taught his unique techniques to art schools in the UK, Italy and France.

This will be an evening not to be missed.

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