An evening at the RA

I had the pleasure of attending the Artist Talk on Thursday evening for the exhibition 'Surface Cutting' running until the 20th February. Curated by Eileen Cooper RA the exhibition celebrates the medium of wood and linocut, known as block printing. It was both inspiring and fascinating to  listen to the 14 Artists talk about the journey they had taken to reach the final prints on display and the part process had played in there ideas and outcome. It was wonderful to see such a diverse range of works on display and I would highly recommend a visit. Personally it was wonderful to see some old RCA peers and tutors, the evening really took me back to my art school days!

 For further information on the Artists involved and how to purchase the works, please click here

Royal Academy of Art
The Keeper's House, Burlington House

RCA Secret 2016

As one of the exhibitors I am very excited that its that time of year again! I had the pleasure of attending the 'Artist Party' on Friday evening and have taken a few shots to give you a glimpse! As you can see Artists have been innovative with the postcard format.


This exhibition is a real highlight as its a chance to see such a wide range of processes and ideas around the same postcard format. You also have the wonder of who the artist might be, which is the Grayson Perry, Paula Rego, Zaha Hadid? 

Artists can paint, draw, sketch or even create a 3-d sculpture. Postcards are signed on the back to remain secret and sold for £55 each to raise funds for the RCA Fine Art Student Award Fund! If you can’t make the show, check out all the postcards here http://london.secret.rca.ac.uk/2016/

Potential collectors can view all the postcards in person at the RCA in Kensington or on-line at http://london.secret.rca.ac.uk/2016/#postcards.

All postcards are now on sale on a first come, first served basis, with a maximum of four cards per person. There will also be a raffle for collectors to win a position in the first 50 places in the queue.

I recently went to the Hockney show at the RA, I have always been interested in his work particularly the photographic collages such as Pearblossom Highway, which is featured in the show and was intrigued to see his recent body of work which takes us back to his birthplace of Yorkshire. This show celebrates the artists depiction of landscape and most of the works were oil paintings, charcoal and ipad drawings between 2004-2011.

I enjoyed the show, this recent work does not have the same qualities of previous works that are closer to my own practice and interest but what was so inspiring to me is how Hockney throughout his career has embraced new technology, his thirst to continually work with a new process and try and perfect it , a constant self renewal. The number of works on show is a little overwhelming but what was fascinating to me was seeing the process behind them, the use of multiples, working with the ipad and video, this gave a real insight into Hockney’s practice and passion.