for winning The Broad Canvas Prize, selected by Jeremy Mogford.
who was awarded the Guest’s Selector’s prize, chosen by Alan Franklin for ‘The Agave Parryi’
for winning Honorary Members prize. James has won two awards and we are so honoured to have him as a member of OAS.
on being awarded the OAS 2D art award selected by Jeremy Mogford.
on be on being awarded the OAS 2D art award selected by Jeremy Mogford. (There were 2 x 2D awards)
on being awarded the OAS 2D art award selected by Jeremy Mogford. (There were 2 OAD+S 2D awards)
Jermey Mogford opened the Oxford Art Society’s Members’ Exhibition 2022 at Kendrew Barn, St John’s College, in the heart of Oxford on Friday evening.
The prizewinners who Jeremy selected for The OAS 2D awards (2) and The OAS 3D award are:
2D: Jane Strother – Looking East early & Deborah Laidlaw – Chalk Mark
3D: James Ort – African Elephant
(Jeremy also added these artworks to his own collection, which is high praise indeed!)
Private View: OAS Members’ Exhibition 2022. An Address by Johannes von Stumm, Honorary President.
The Power of Art to express Love
In times of great suffering as today in the Ukraine, caused by brutal military action,
we artists might ask ourselves sometimes about the usefulness of our work.
I realised that the power of art lies in the maker’s ability to express love.
More than three thousand years ago a sculptor decided to sculpt
the Pharaoh Amenhotep IV and his wife Kiya (1350 BC) gently holding hands
More than two thousand years ago, an Etruscan tomb stone was carved depicting a husband and a wife lovingly embracing each other. Etruscan Sarcophagus, husband Larth Tetnies and his wife Tanchvil Tarnai.
In Chichester Cathedral you can an imposing sarcophagus of a knight in armour lying beside his wife. Look closer and you can see that he has taken his right hand out of his armoured glove and his wife rests her hand gently in his. She turns her body slightly towards him.
These are such gentle gestures showing us the power of love, the power which overcomes the power of tyrants again and again.
But the artist does not always have express a symbol of love – just as powerful, is an expression of grief.
You find great sadness in the sculpture of the “Mourning Parents” by the artist Käthe Kollwitz. The artist and and her husband Karl had lost their eighteen year old son Peter at the beginning of the First World War. Hewn in stone two isolated figures are kneeling down, the man in a position of pride and grief, the woman bowing her head in boundless mourning.
This sculpture shows the unfathomable pain of two loving parents for their lost child
Today, again, a tyrant raises his head and hands out unbearable pain. I wish I could lead him to Käthe Kollwitz’s memorial to show him the deeply thet desperation of all who suffer under his brutal and senseless cruelty is felt.
In Ukraine artists are now welding tank obstacles together and others are sewing bulletproof vests. We artists, who are further away have to keep making work – again and again over millennia – to honour the creation, our freedom and love.
You are invited
to the Members’ Exhibition Private view
to be opened by Jeremy Mogford
on Friday 25th March, 6.00pm – 8.00pm.
for directions, see below…
Directions to the Kendrew Barn Gallery, St Johns College.
The gallery is located on St Giles on the right-hand side as you leave town. The postcode OX1 3JP is a bit misleading and will take you to the porter’s office at St John’s College.
There are two memorials nearby: Martyr’s Memorial is at the southern/city end of St Giles. The Oxford War Memorial is at the Northern end of St Giles between Banbury and Woodstock roads as they merge into St Giles.
From the city centre:
- By bus from Redbridge, Thornhill or Seacourt Park and Ride: The nearest bus stop is on Magdalen Street near the Randolph Hotel.
- On foot or in a car: The Barn is located on the right hand-side of St Giles at you leave town, about 100 metres past the Lamb and Flag pub. The entrance is directly opposite the Oxford War Memorial which is located between Banbury Road and Woodstock Road where they merge into St Giles.
From the North:
- By bus from the Banbury (North) side: The nearest bus stop to The Barn is the Keble Road stop on Banbury Road just before it merges into St Giles.
- By car or on foot from the Banbury (north)side: The Barn is opposite the Oxford War Memorial on the left hand-side as you approach the city and before you reach the Lamb and Flag.
Colour Revolution – Art, Design and Fashion in Victorian Britain by Matthew Winterbottom, curator of ‘Sculpture and Decorative Arts’, Ashmolean.
Monday 7 March 2022 at 5.45pm
Lecture to the Oxford Art Society Associates, Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean, and online through Eventbrite – click here
The Members’ Exhibition 2022 will take place from 26 March – 10 April 2022.
The OAS welcomes submission of work from all Members. You may submit up to 2 pieces of work for the exhibition. To access the entry form, please visit this page: https://oxfordartsociety.co.uk/members-exhibition-2022/
The first lecture of 2022 to the Oxford Art Society Associates, will be given by Dr Ross King in the Headley Lecture Theatre on 7 February 2022 at 5.45pm. Open to all, you are welcome to arrive early for a pre-lecture drink. This lecture is also available online through Eventbrite. Click here to join. To find out how to download and use Zoom, click HERE