OAS Members’ Exhibition 2021

The Members’ Exhibition 2021 ran from 27 March – 18 April,
and was opened by Tom Croft BEM on Sunday 28 March at 6.00pm.

Image of a landscape. Text reads: Oxford Art Society Members' Exhibition, 27 March - 18 April.

Tom Croft BEM formally opened the exhibition. Tom is the originator of the Portraits for NHS Heroes tribute, and he began by describing the amazing year since the tribute began, with hundreds of artists painting portraits of members of the NHS who have worked with unbelievable dedication throughout the pandemic.

Google Arts has made an impressive presentation of the result.

Sadly this pandemic made a physical exhibition impossible, but nevertheless the membership responded with enthusiasm. In his speech Tom made the point: “…at this time more than any other time in recent history we need art to lift our spirits and give us fresh views and new perspectives on life. I am therefore extremely excited and grateful we have this fabulous new exhibition to share with Oxfordshire and the world online. So many artistic creations on different subject matters, in so many different mediums and all of the highest standard.”

After his opening speech Tom Croft announced the winners of two prizes:

the Honorary Members’ Prize went to Mark Fennell for ‘Paint Splattered Apron’

and The Broad Canvas Prize went to Jenny Fay for ‘That Sunday, That Summer’.

Here are some of the works from the exhibition selected by Honourable Members of the OAS:

Amy Glees, Alison’s sweet peas

Deborah Laidlaw, The Landscape journey
Denny Webb, Blackbird, hellebores

Harriet Eagle, Golden thread

John Somerscales, The Riverbank

The Intimate dance of slave and master

Tereza Barnard, Sir David Attenborough