Review: 161st Annual Exhibition of the Society of Women Artists (Part 1: Prizewinners)

Here’s a summary of the highlights of my review – which I apologise for truncating and posting late due to the events of this afternoon. Part 1: a packed Private View A good range of prizes – won by SWA members and open artists Part 2: 469 artworks on display – with a high standard … Read more

MAKING A MARK: How to assess entries for an open art society exhibition (Part 2)

Today’s Part 2 of my focus on assessing entries for an open art society exhibition is going to focus on a method I’ve devised for giving every entry in an open exhibition a specific mark. Yesterday I wrote about how to assess entries for an open art society exhibition (Part 1) which focused on the … Read more

How to assess entries for an open art society exhibition (Part 1)

I think very many people might be surprised by how entries for an art exhibition get assessed by most art societies. I’ve written on this topic before in The agony and the ecstasy of art competition judging – which comments on the time involved in reviewing and judging 15,000 entries for the RA Summer Exhibition … Read more

Transforming Society Through Play

Yoko Ono, “Painting to Be Stepped On” (1960–61/2022) (photo Eileen G’Sell/Hyperallergic) ST. LOUIS — “Burn this book after you read it,” implores the inside flap of Grapefruit, Yoko Ono’s 1964 collection of 150 prompts aiming to blur the boundary between artist and reader, imagination and reality. Across from the stately colophon, an ink doodle of … Read more

Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition 2022

I’ve summarised key points below. The Exhibition The RSMA always holds its Annual Exhibition every Autumn at the Mall Galleries in central London. This year the exhibition dates are Thursday 22nd September to Saturday 1st October 2022 Four good reasons to enter The Annual Exhibition by the Royal Society of Marine Artists People who like … Read more

Kojo Marfo’s Portraits Depict the Cracks in Polite Society

Kojo Marfo, “Keeper #1” (2022), acrylic on canvas, 66 7/8 x 57 1/8 inches (all images courtesy Kojo Marfo and JD Mallat Gallery) Kojo Marfo’s figures silently scream. It’s in the eyes. They’re the focal point in each portrait. The pupil and iris are indistinguishable, and lines fall from the lids like tears. Though it’s … Read more

Annual Exhibition 2022 of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters

The Annual Exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters opened to the public today at the Mall Galleries in London. It continues until 14th May. It’s the pre-eminent exhibition of portraiture in the UK. If you want to be a portrait artist, you need to get an artwork hung in this exhibition in order … Read more