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Update! – OAS artists work selected for RBA Annual Exhibition

RBA update – Ben Hope has won the Frinton Frames award for his wonderful light infused painting, ‘St. Paul’s from Cannon Street, Afternoon’.

St Pauls from Cannon Street, Afternoon by Ben Hope

Great news!  Our chair, Lucy Stopford, and OAS member, Ben Hope, have both had work selected from over 1,500 entries to appear alongside paintings by some of Britain’s leading artists.  The Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition will be on display at Mall Galleries from 21st March to 31st March.  For more details please see the RBS website

Examples of Lucy’s and Ben’s work can be found on their OAS website pages.

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Open Exhibition 2018

Our Open Exhibition will be taking place at St John the Evangelist Cloisters, Iffley Road, Oxford from Saturday 29th September to Sunday 14th October.

The hand in date for submissions is Saturday 22nd September.

Further details and submission forms will be available on the website nearer the time.

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Ben Hope, OAS – Royal Society of Portrait Painters

Painter Ben Hope, has had two of his works accepted for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Open Exhibition at the Mall Galleries.

This prestigious annual exhibition shows over 200 portraits by over 100 artists.  The exhibition is formed of two parts; RP’s Members show work alongside the best work from open submissions.

Mall Galleries, The Mall London SW1
10th to 25th May 2018

For more information about the exhibition see the Royal Society of Portrait Painters website

To learn a bit about Ben and see some examples of his beautiful work, please visit his website

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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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Robert Strange, OAS – Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2018

Robert Strange is currently showing two of his fabulous, colourful drawings at the Mall Galleries, London, as part of the The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2018.  This is the second year that Robert’s work has been selected for the show, which features some of the best artists in the country working in pastel, pencil, chalk and charcoal.  The show runs until 3rd March.  See The Pastel Society website for further details.

Squashed Christmas Wrapping Paper by Robert Strange

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Jenny Fay, OAS – featured in TW, St John’s College’s magazine

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

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Ben Hope ROI Show Prizewinner

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.

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Alan Kidd, OAS and new gallery in Tring

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!

 

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Barbara Gorayska, OAS – Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

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.

 

 

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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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