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Oxford Art Society Members Exhibition 2019

Oxford Art Society Members Exhibition:
Submission day is Saturday 30th March from 10-12, and selection from 2-4.30.
We are accepting 3 works for selection from members, and 4 for the browser.
We will email (and post) call-for-entry forms and notes in the near future.
The private view will be on Saturday 6th April from 11-2.30.

Successful entries will be published on Saturday 30 March at 8pm.
Please have images of your work available and if it is accepted, send them to Lin Kerr, our website and Instagram manager. Details will be in the call-for-entry forms.

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Call for entries for OAS Members Exhibition: 30-03-2019

OAS Submission Form2019

OAS Submission Notes 2019

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AGM – 4 February 2019

Oxford Art Society AGM – 4 February 2019.

The AGM will be held on Monday 4th February at the Ashmolean in the Headley Theatre.
4.30pm – 5.30pm: AGM meeting
5.30pm – 5.45pm: Drinks
5.45pm: Oxford Art Society Associates lecture by Sir Nicholas Penny, former director of the National Gallery 2008-15

“Grotesque Masks: Michelangelo and the invention of ornament”

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Interview with portrait painter Jenny Fay

Jenny Fay – portrait artist

Click on the link to read more about Jenny Fay the talented portrait artist.

 

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The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2019

Benjamin Hope – self portrait

The Pastel Society’s 120th Exhibition at the Mall Galleries will open on 4th February – 16th February. Oxford Art Society is proud to announce that four OAS members have artworks  in the exhibition. Benjamin Hope had 4 pieces selected!
Ben Hope
Kevin Line
Robert Strange
Lucy Stopford.
All selected pieces are available to view online.

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A warm welcome to our New Members 2019!

Lucy Stopford, Oxford Art Society Chairman, (front row, 4th from the left) poses with our new members. On Monday 14th January, 11 new OAS members were invited to meet members of the committee and enjoy afternoon tea in the bar at Browns. We are delighted to welcome Martin Cash, Gerry Coles, Mark Fennell, Richard Fox, Nicky Moeran, Alison Munby, Jennifer Newman, Rosie Phipps, Dirk Pretorius, John Sampson, and Polly Walshe, to the Society. Congratulations.

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Mark Fennell’s portrait is shortlisted.

Mark Fennell’s portrait: Tony AKA Boulders, oil on canvas 80 cm x 60 cm has been shortlisted for Artists and illustrators magazine 2019 artist of the year and will be exhibited at the Mall galleries from 25th – 2nd March. This is your opportunity to vote for this excellent art piece!
Mark was elected to be a member of Oxford Art Society this month and he raising our profile handsomely! Congratulations Mark.

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Rachel Ducker’s sculpture installation at Stansted.

Rachel Ducker has her sculpture installed in the private jet terminal at London Stansted. Some of the sculpture is lifesize and it looks incredible. We are very proud of you Rachel – congratulations!

 

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Scrapbook of Walter Tyrwhitt, OAS founder and watercolourist

A couple of years ago the Oxford Art Society took into it’s possession a scrapbook which was originally owned and compiled by Walter Tyrwhitt, one of the founders of the society.  The book was found by honorary OAS member Rona while researching the history of the society.  It was part of an estate sale at Chiswick Auctions and, luckily for us, the auction had passed and the book hadn’t sold.  Rona purchased the book and kindly offered it to the society.

Among many fascinating pieces of information documenting the life of Tyrwhitt it contains reviews of Oxford Art Society exhibitions from the 19th and 20th century. Although yellowing and starting to fade, they capture a slice of the society’s past and also late 19th century/early 20th century ideas of taste and culture. A few of the pages and images from the scrapbook are reproduced below.

Tyrwhitt, a pupil of Radley College and alumnus of Christ Church, Oxford, was himself was an accomplished watercolourist and frequently exhibited his works in Society exhibitions and at the Royal Academy. He travelled widely in the Middle East, capturing the architecture and local scenes in bright, colourful watercolours. He was married to the painter and draughtsman, and friend of Gwen and Augustus John, Ursula Tyrwhitt.

The article below from The Magazine of Art, 1898, illustrates our historic relationship with the Town Hall, Oxford.

The Magazine of Art, February 1898

Below is a photo from the Oxford Journal showing a fine use of space from the Oxford Art Society hanging committee of 1909!

Oxford Journal, 23rd November 1909

The following page shows an interesting selection of clippings reviewing the 1910 exhibition, including an article from The Oxford Times (top right) berating the public and the city for it’s poor support of the society.

A selection of clippings from 1910

In the Oxford Chronicle article below (top left) the society’s annual report of last year’s exhibition is recorded, which notes “The Private View was crowded, and 900 visitors paid for admission, which is satisfactory“.

The 1923 exhibition certainly brightened up one reviewer’s “gloomy afternoon” as described in another article from the Oxford Chronicle (bottom right), who goes on to suggest a reason for the popularity of watercolour –

We English are a practical cleanly, travelling race. Can its real attraction lie in its comparative cleanness and the ease with which it can be carried. A young lady need never appear like Tweedledum or Tweedledee prepared for battle when she starts on a sketching trip.

More clippings, this time from 1923

1925 and the hanging committee haven’t lost their mastery of wall space.

Oxford Journal, October 18th 1925

The picture below shows Walter himself (right) at the Ashmolean alongside fellow society members, enjoying the Private View from 1930.

The Oxford Mail, 23rd October 1930

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Extended! Oxford Art Society Exhibition 29 September – 4 November 2018

Please note:
The opening hours of the exhibition will only be at the concert times. See SJE webpage for more information.

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Art at the theatre – OAS exhibits at Oxford Playhouse

Philip Vainker – Pantomime Dame and Dresser

It is Oxford Playhouse’ 80th birthday and OAS were invited to exhibit theatre themed artworks. Do pop in top visit!

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OAS Open Exhibition 2018

Philip Mould OBE and chairman Lucy Stopford at the opening of the Oxford Art Society Open Exhibition 2018

 

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The winner of the Young Artist Competition is…

Laura Eagle. She was presented with a £500 cheque by the judge – Philip Mould OBE

Laura Eagle: The Potato House Acrylic/laser cutout

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2nd and 3rd prizes in The Young Artist Competition

Stephen Nulty: The final scene. Mixed media on board

Congratulations to Stephen Nulty on winning second prize, and Merun Bateman-Paris on winning the third prize, with her charcoal portrait.

Merlin Bateman: Portrait of a gypsy. Charcoal

 

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Third Annual Young Artist Competition

OAS YAC OPEN Submission Form 2018

YAC OAS OPEN Submission Notes 2018

 

 

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Harriet Eagle: Artwork Acceptance at Mall Galleries

Congratulations Harriet, on the acceptance of your seascape at the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition from 11- 20 October.
Scroll down for your invitation to the Private View.

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Congratulations Lucy on your Mall Gallery acceptance.

 

Lucy Stopford: Sibling, charcoal on paper

Lucy Stopford, Chair, will be showing one of her charcoal portraits with the forthcoming Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries opening on 26th August.

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Benjamin Hope NEAC

Benjamin Hope has had the honour of being elected to membership of the NEAC – New English Art Club. This is a very prestigious group and we are proud of his achievement. Below is one of the paintings from his election portfolio which also featured in this year’s NEAC show.

Congratulations Benjamin.

Benjamin Hope – Cadmium Rood Donker 8″ x 10″

 

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Congratulations Kate Hipkiss

We are very proud of one of our new members, Kate Hipkiss, who has had an artwork selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. It is a papercut titled Inflow and you can see it on her Instagram post.

Well done Kate!

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Oxford Art Society Members Exhibition 2018

A packed gallery of artists and art enthusiasts enjoyed a fabulous evening at the Members Exhibition Private View on Friday.  Martin Kemp, Emeritus Professor of the History of Art, Trinity College, Oxford, opened the show with an informative talk on art and the role of the Society.

Lucy Stopford, OAS Chair, introducing Professor Martin Kemp

A panel of Honorary Members were given the unenviable task of selecting an artist from the exhibition to receive the Honorary Members’ Prize of £100, which is provided voluntarily from their membership subscriptions.  This went to Tom Croft for his wonderful portrait ‘Loz C’.  The Broad Canvas Prize, a £50 voucher kindly donated by Broad Canvas art shop, Oxford, went to Beatrice Hoffman for her lovely sturdy horse sculpture.

A review of the show from Broad Canvas can be read here.

The exhibition continues until Friday 23rd March so, if you want to experience the work of some of the regions most talented artists, do make some time to visit.

Venue: The Sewell Centre Gallery, Radley College, Abingdon, OX14 2HR
Dates: 24rd February to 23rd March
Times: Daily 10am to 4pm
Refreshments available at gallery coffee shop

The Sewell Centre Gallery hosts a range of exhibitions throughout the year, supporting up and coming artists as well as exhibiting established artists such as Tracey Emin, Bridget Riley and Eduardo Paolozzi.

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