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!
Four of Ben Hope’s wonderful paintings have been selected for the Royal Institute of Oil Painters annual exhibition, which takes place at the end of this month and continues until 10th December. Please see the ROI website for further details.
King’s Road Contre Jour by Ben Hope
This follows on from his success at the Royal Marine Society of Artists annual show which, also took place at the Mall Galleries.
To see more Ben’s work please visit his website.
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.
The Oxford Art Society and Ruskin College have recently been collaborating on a very exciting project, the fruition of which is a fantastic collection of portraits of Ruskin staff members.
The finished paintings will be on display at Exeter College on Walton Street for one day only – Saturday 14th October, and then at Ruskin College in Headington until Christmas.
Further details of artists and staff involved can be found on Ruskin College’s website.
West Ox Arts presents five Oxford artists, each with their own unique approach to capturing the natural world, across the four mediums of drawing, painting, photography and sculpture.
This exhibition will delight all those interested in the perception of nature though art.
For more information check the West Ox Arts Gallery 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