The Private View – 205 years of the RI
Wednesday 5th April was the Private View of the Royal Institute of painters in watercolour
An historic society with Royal Patronage which has been held at the Mall Galleries since the 1970’s. This is my first year exhibiting with the RI, and it’s an honour to be showing alongside so many big names.
The Private View was well attended, as you can see from the photograph. The work at these exhibitions is mixed and caters to a wide variety of tastes so you should find something to inspire, I did.
Meeting the artists.
As well as the inspiring paintings, Private Views are a chance to meet some wonderful inspiring artists. I tagged along as Jean Noble RI introduced the candidates for Membership to existing members, like a line of ducklings following her around.
Some of the Candidates I got to meet were:-
Elizabeth Nast who creates superbly observed everyday paintings of urban London. Underground tube trains, cafes,
And Kate Morgan who does vivid colourful paintings inspired by jungle creatures, flora and fauna. A bit like her dress! Here she is on the left.
Here she is on the left with Elizabeth and David Poxon an existing RI who produces beautifully observed watercolours of worn objects. I loved his Pair of water taps and another of an old clock.
Here’s Claire Sparks with her Portraits and Elizabeth Nast.
Both are talented artists and inspiring, successful women in their respective fields.
Having met Rosa at Society of Women Artists exhibitions, I am sure she has lots of new and interesting ideas about how to bring Society into a new era. That Chain of office is a thing to behold.
You can see from the photographs it was a packed event and there was so much to see. It’s worth visiting and not just once but several times as there is so much to take in..
Finally I’ll leave you with the new president and her work.