TW, St John’s College’s annual Magazine, features an article which documents a collaboration between OAS artist Jenny Fay and poet Ian House. As Jenny captured Ian’s character on canvas, he put the sitter’s experience into poetry. Click the link below to read the article which contains Ian’s wonderfully witty poem and Jenny’s portrait.
TW Magazine 2017 Extract – Jenny Fay and Ian House
Jenny and Ian enjoying a tea break
Article and photo reproduced courtesy of St John’s College, University of Oxford
Great news from Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition, Oxford Art Society painter, Ben Hope, has won the Winsor and Newton best non-member painting for his picture ‘Bathurst Firewood’.
Bathurst Firewood – Ben Hope
The exhibition runs until 10th December. See the ROI website for further details.
It’s always great to hear that a new art venue is opening so we’re very excited to hear that The Black Gallery is opening in Tring. As a double bonus, Alan Kidd, OAS, will be taking part in the opening celebrations for the gallery.
If you want to see Alan’s paintings and enjoy a further selection of contemporary art and photography, the gallery will open everyday from 10am to 6pm. The current show finishes in January next year.
We wish the Gallery great success!
It’s with great pleasure that we can announce that OAS member, Barbara Gorayska, has been invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. This is a great honour for Barbara and a recognition of the depth and quality of her work.
Theatre Of E Morals – Compassion, by Barbara Gorayska
Barbara successfully combines disciplines such as science, technology and religion to produce intriguing and thoughtful work, often utilising a more traditional style of painting to question and highlight moralities relevant to today. To learn more about Barabara’s work please visit her website.
Art lovers, young and old, converged on The Cloister Gallery at St John the Evangelist Church last Friday, to enjoy the official opening of the Oxford Art Society Open exhibition 2017.
Our gratitude goes to Paul Hobson, Director of Modern Art Oxford, who opened the exhibition, and who had the unenviable task of choosing the winner of the Young Artist Competition from a fantastic selection of work. The winning piece was a painting by Sam Hampton, called ‘Charlie Company’.
The exhibition is open until Sunday 1st October (see below for opening hours), so you still have time to visit and enjoy a great mix of work.
Here are some photos of the event to wet your appetite.
Paul Hobson and Lucy Stopford, chair of the Oxford Art Society
Photos above courtesy of Cecilia Paulsson
Our Chairwoman and portrait artist, Lucy Stopford, has had one of her stunning oil portraits selected for this years BP Portrait Awards. The portrait is of Lucy’s friend, Dr Tim Moreton, who worked as a Registrar at the National Portrait Gallery.
Dr Tim Moreton by Lucy Stopford
See this Oxford Times article to learn a bit more about Lucy’s work and the BP Portrait Award.
And here’s a link to Lucy’s page on the National Portrait Gallery BP Award website, where you can find details of how to visit the exhibition.
At the recent 124th Oxford Art Society AGM Peter Farley stepped down as our Chairman. His excellent care, inclusive style, friendly manner and careful direction will be much missed by members of the Oxford Art Society and wider arts community. He was elected an Honorary Member for his outstanding services to the society and presented with a gift voucher from Broad Canvas in thanks for all his hard work.
We now have a new Chairman to welcome in to the society – it was agreed at the same meeting this appointment should be put in the very able hands of Lucy Stopford. As members are very aware, prior to taking on her new role, Lucy had been working hard behind the scenes as our Membership Secretary. We wish her great success in her role of Chairman of the Society.
Lucy Stopford, Chair, presenting Peter Farley with his gift voucher
Anna Nicholson, Honourary Secretary, Peter Farley and Lucy Stopforld, Chair
The members exhibition this year was opened by Professor Christopher Brown, CBE, now Director Emeritus (of the Ashmolean).
Professor Christopher Brown, CBE and Peter Farley, Chairman of the Oxford Art Society, opening the exhibition
The private view at the Town Hall in Oxford was a great success and as you can see from the photo below we had a crowded house!
You still have time to catch the exhibition as it runs until Sunday 26th of February. The Town Hall is also hosting the Oxford International Art Fair on the 24th 25th and 26th. If you make it for the final weekend you’ll be able to enjoy some fabulous works of art provided artists local to oxford and artists from further afield.
We look forward to seeing you there.
OAS member and painter John Somerscales entertaining the crowds at the private view.
Behind the scenes – the hanging committee at work!
Earlier this year a merry group of new members gathered to enjoy the warmth and hospitality of The Bear and Ragged Staff pub in Cumnor for the new members tea party. The new members were joined by Peter Farley, the chairman, who formally welcomed them to the society, and then tea drinking, cake eating and much chatting about art ensued.
New members braving the January weather for a group photo
left to right: Cassandra Wall, Maeve Bayton, Caroline Ritson, Kathy Turner
John Dew, Tara Parker-Woolway, Andreea Zahiu, Mike Jones and Jenny Fay
OAS was invited by St Hugh’s College in Oxford to participate in their Festival of Anniversaries in October with artwork on show and for sale in the Hamlin Gallery, the Maplethorpe Building and the college grounds. The Festival included a full programme of events including dinners, drama and lectures and OAS provided demonstrations at the weekend, including portrait sittings on Sunday afternoon with Patrick the porter, and the Principal Dame Elish Angiolini who kindly agreed to model. The collaboration has been a very successful experience and at the college’s suggestion the exhibition was extended by several weeks. St Hugh’s have also generously indicated that OAS would be welcome to return in the future to exhibit again.
Ben Hope, Lucy Stopford and Ken Organ with Dame Elish Angiolini
Patrick the Porter by Ben Hope
Dame Elish Angiolini by Ben Hope
A selection of sculpture by OAS members shown in the grounds of the college –
Johannes Von Stumm
Alan Kidd provided a poster for the event with an image by Steve Daggitt which was produced by St Hugh’s.