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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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Interview with Jane Hope


https://personalinterpretations.com/
Click on the link for a very interesting interview!

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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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‘Seurat’s Public’ – lecture at the Ashmolean

Oxford Art Society Associates

‘Seurat’s Public’
by Alistair Wright

Drinks 5.15pm Lecture 5.45 – 6.45pm.

Monday 15 October in the Headley Lecture Theatre in the Ashmolean Museum, Lower Ground Floor.

Please remember to bring your OAS Membership card for a discount. Visitors welcome.

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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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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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See exhibitor’s and members’ work on Instagram

Instagram for exhibitors

YOU MAY SEE YOUR WORK ON INSTAGRAM

We now have an Instagram account and would like to build an archive of good quality images of work exhibited at Oxford Art Society Exhibitions.

  • If you are on Instagram, please find us at Oxford Art Society and follow us. (Also see us on Facebook as Oxford Art)

    If:
  • your work is accepted in the 2018 Open Art Exhibition
  • or if you are a member and your work is in any other exhibition.
  • you’d like your work in the Oxford Art Society archive
  • you are happy to have your work shown on the website or Instagram
  • you’d like us to follow you – please give us your Instagram address – instagram addresses are tricky to find because there are so many names the same.

please send an email to Lin Kerr, lin@linkerrdesign.co.uk and include in the body of the email text:

  • Your name
  • Title of the image
  • Medium
  • size
  • You are welcome to give your website in the email.
  • If it is in an exhibition other than the 2018 Open Exhibition, please give brief details that can be cut and pasted: i.e. the Gallery name, address, gallery website, your website. People can look up the opening times etc.

and then title the image as follows:

  • Surname, Initial, title of work: e.g.
    Kerr L-The yellow fields of Chilton
    (Please note that surname and initial is in caps, with a space and that there is a hyphen not a full stop).
  • Labelling it properly will enable us to index it automatically.
  • If it is not labelled properly it cannot be shown or put in the archive.

The image must be a j-peg (for easy downloading) and the shortest dimension should be at least 1200 pixels – (ideally the image will be approximately approximately 4 MB.
Huge images, very low-res images, embedded images or incorrectly titled images cannot be used and will need to be discarded.

Please note that in order to be able to do this, Lin cannot enter into correspondence about the image, or say when it may be posted. Otherwise this will become an impossibly large job! Unfortunately, Lin is unable to offer technical support on sizing or re-titling images.

Sending an image does not guarantee that it will be posted and images will be shown arbitrarily on Instagram to show variety rather than any personal choice. However, images which are of poor photographic quality will be archived but may not be shown. Obviously if there are loads of images, it will take a while before yours will pop-up!

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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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Submission Forms for Oxford Art Society Exhibition

OAS OPEN Submission Form 2018

OAS Open Exhibition 2018 notes-updated

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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Harriet Eagle – Exhibition at Woodstock

Do visit Kingfisher Art sometime in September.to see this exciting exhibition to enjoy Harriet Eagle’s work

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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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Jackie Conway Exhibition September – November 2018

Jackie Conway Nuffield Hospital Exhibition 9th September-first week of November.

In 1980 I completed my Foundation Art course at Oxford Polytechnic. The following year I attended Bristol where I gained a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art. I am a member of the Oxford Printmakers Co Operative and the Oxford Art Society.

I regularly attend life drawing classes and I have shown my Art work around the Oxfordshire area at different venues. Still Life drawing and the study of shapes and the relationship between them. Also bringing together colour creating a powerful sense of harmony. From drawings and paintings I produce images in Etching and Aquatint prints. The ideas produced from studying still-lifes influences and develops other areas of Art.

Email: jackiemconway@yahoo.co.uk

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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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Jim Robinson – Photographer in Residence

We, at Oxford Art Society are delighted to announce that one of our members, Jim Robinson, has been elected to be Photographer in Residence at Oxford Festival of the Arts from 23 June to 7 July 2018. Jim is a photographer as well as a painter.

Jim’s brief is to reflect the diversity of events and visitors at the festival and he will be there every day, photographing different events.  The photograph above is of the preliminary show for the Festival in Frideswide Square featuring the work of secondary school students supported by wildlife photographer Andrew Walmsley.

Congratulations Jim!

 

 

 

 

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Grant Waters – Workplace Portraits at The Cornerstone Didcot

A note for your diaries at the end of the year, Grant Waters, OAS, will be showing an exhibition of his wonderful portraits in oil at The Cornerstone in Didcot –

“An exhibition of oil paintings that consider the relationship between people and their place of work. This is a celebration of the skill of the sitter where a single concentrated look can sum up a lifetime’s knowledge and experience. I have found that the lighting that illuminates their work also gives focus to the composition. Whether the spaces are cluttered, tidy, pretty or purely practical, the moods and atmospheres that they create are integral to the piece. These works are as much a portrait of the space as they are of the sitter.”  Grant Waters

Workplace Portraits Exhibition
The Cornerstone Didcot
28th November to 10th December 2018

The Horologist’s Workshop by Grant Waters

grantsartwork.co.uk

 

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Art Today – What touches your Soul? A lecture by Johannes von Stumm

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