‘This latest display of artworks by the Royal Watercolour Society will delve into the challenges encountered by each artist during the Coronavirus lockdown. These extraordinary circumstances have meant that many artists have not been able to create in their usual media, and so for one time only we are excited to deliver an exhibition of Royal Watercolour Society artists, in all media.’
I have four works in the show. These are from a group of works that were languishing unfinished in my studio. Under a lockdown spring-clean I felt it was time to finish them.
‘Starting an art collection? Look no further than the Bankside Gallery Summer Exhibition, Summer at Bankside Gallery. All artworks are original pieces by contemporary painters and printmakers of the Royal Watercolour Society and Royal Society of Painter Printmakers. Curate your ideal collection combining a variety of media and styles to complement your living space.’
Above: Rouen Bookshop, 2020. Watercolour on paper.
I’m in Malta to launch the new book ‘Quinn in Malta’.
The book is edited and introduced by the late Peter Apap Bologna. He had been planning the book, its launch and the accompanying show for a year or more. Without Peter’s energy, enthusiasm and good humour the book would not have been completed. He encouraged me to paint new watercolours to show at the launch. On receipt of each new batch he was, as ever, hugely enthusiastic. He took especial delight in discovering my sketchbooks and preparatory drawings: these feature in the book and a good number have found their way to frames and are in the accompanying exhibition.
My watercolour Calle Caballocalco, Mexico City is one of the exhibited paintings.
From their website: ‘Now in it’s 32nd year, the Sunday Times Watercolour competition is the UK’s most prestigious prize for contemporary watercolour painting. The competition brings together artists all across the UK, and at its heart celebrates and redefines the beauty and diversity of watercolour and water-based media. With approximately 100 works selected by a panel of leading figures from the art world, and a touring exhibition of the shortlisted works’
Was at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London
17 – 22 september 2019
Now on tour
Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge 5th October to 9th November
Guildford House Gallery 16th November to 2 January.
Past, Present & Future of the Royal Watercolour Society
30 January – 3 February 2019
Bankside Gallery, London.
The RWS has a rich and fascinating history and our Archive & Collection comprising artworks and documents associated with its artists since the formation of the Society in 1804, demonstrates this.
For the first time, paintings, letters, photographs and countless other forms of historic ephemera will go on display in an exhibition at Bankside Gallery to raise awareness of the importance of the Royal Watercolour Society to the past, present and future of British art.
Accompanying this will be an auction of works by contemporary members and a secret postcard sale of works by countless influential British artists. All proceeds from sales will facilitate the renovation of the new RWS gallery space at Whitcomb Street, just off Trafalgar Square.