This Wednesday I attended for the first time the summer exhibition at the Royal Academy.
From the account of previous years and the general public perception I was expecting a vast array of rooms, floor to ceiling with art work, much of which would be of questionable quality and submitted by the general public. Perhaps it has been this in the past but certainly not this year.
There was less art on display than I was expecting although saying that there were over 1000 peices. It was also of high quality and much of it from estalished artist and RA members. I realised I would have to be lucky, or it would be some years before I would have a chance of being on display there. The work was nicely arranged so it did not overwhelm you and you could focus on individual peices.
Of unexpected interest were the architectural peices, particularly of the Thames Bridge but for me the stand out artist (and for me at least a new discovery) was Barbara Rae. Her highly colourfull and striking works appealed to me greatly. A very good use of colour. Sadly all out of my price range.
It was interesting to see what sold well. Good, relatively cheap peices which also came with editions of prints had a multitude of red dots. The most I saw was on a painting of a Dachshund.
If you have a interest in art I suggest you go. If you are an aspiring artist then it is well worth a visit. It give you a very good idea of the standard required and the state of the market.
What was your favourite?
William John Mackenzie
I am an artist with a specialism in landscapes and still life. My contact details are here.