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Touching the Earth

Touching The Earth marks the moment where the two artists, Addy Gardner and Martin Smith, meet – a point of balance where the intangible meets substance.  Both artists delight in the earthiness of an organic sense of form whilst celebrating an ethereal ambivalence.

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Oxford Art Society Members Exhibition 2019

Exhibitors, please notes that TAKE DOWN timing has changed slightly.
COLLECTION of WORK is on Sunday 28th from 4.45pm – 6pm
and
Monday 29th April from 12 noon – 2pm.

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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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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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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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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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Oxford Art Society Open Exhibition 2017

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

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Lucy Stopford, OAS Chair – work selected for BP Portrait Awards

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.

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OAS says farewell to outgoing Chairman Peter Farley

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

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OAS Members exhibition 2017

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!

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