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Royal Watercolour Society Annual Exhibition

15/02/2008, By

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The Royal Watercolour Society, the oldest and most prestigious watercolour society in the world, has the strong aim and objective of promoting the language of drawing and painting, and especially of watercolour painting to an ever widening public.

This versatile and beautiful medium of watercolour (which by our definition embraces all water-based painting) can convey in visual terms both the most delicate and the most powerful feelings. Through drawing and through colour and design it can describe the world in particular ways unlike any other description.

The featured artist Olwen Jones RWS is a painter fascinated by shadow and reflection, by layering and textures and edges. Her contemplative pictures are built from observation and from improvisation; one is never quite sure what one is seeing. Last year she had a stand at the RWS Art Event Day, and one could watch her painting with her splattering and masking techniques.

Neil Pittaway RWS RE - “Since an early age I was interest in architecture, especially Victorian buildings, and St. Pancras station is a brilliant example of the architecture of that period - rich in detail, and a complex feat of engineering. I am fascinated with complex detail and grand scale design which fuels my imagination.

The refurbishment of St. Pancras station in 2007 with the new Euro-Star international terminal inspired me to create a large scale painting. The picture captures the essence and fabric of the building; a grand industrial machine; a crossroads between the past and the present, a gateway to the continent. The grand iron and brick structure is represented in pen, ink and watercolour.

Ideas are interwoven with the station’s fabric; a couple meet behind a curtain; John Betjeman looks at the time as a train arrives and one leaves destined for Paris. Paris is represented as an art nouveaux jewel rising towards the heavens. The painting contains a patchwork of Eurocentric cultural ideas. It also celebrates a revitalisation of rail travel.”

Liz Butler RWS - "I visited this part of Italy with a close friend in February last year, and then again in October, and felt very inspired by its beauty. The rolling, hilly quality of the landscape means that, as the sun moves round during the day, one sees almost spotlit areas contrasted by places painted in deep shadow. I love how the shadows describe the rise and fall of the land.

It is a landscape which, in spite of concentrating one’s eye in a very focussed way at a small part, one remains aware of much greater scheme of surrounding landscape. It continues well beyond the boundaries of the painting. This is my first in a series of paintings about this area, the colour at different times of the year and the mood brought on by the ever altering light can change the same piece of land enormously, giving me much scope for painting."

14th March to 13th April
Bankside Gallery
48 Hopton Street
London SE1 9JH
Open daily 11am - 6pm
Free Admission

Image 1 - Meet Me at St Pancras - Neil Pittaway
Image 2 - Growing Tall - Olwen Jones RWS
Image 3 - Hair Dresser - Richard Sorrell RWS
Image 4 - Preggio, Umbria - Liz Butler

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