I went to the preview and prizegiving last night. I personally love using coloured pencils so it's always special to see what work they have in their exhibition.
This year the exhibition is on both floors at the Menier Gallery at 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU. It opens to the public every day - between 11am and 6pm - until 3pm on 13th May (but closed on Sunday 8th May). There are also demonstrations and workshops on most days (details below).
- There's been a noticeable change in the range of subject matter tackled by artists. There's less photorealistic work and evidence of a greater range of artistic expression and more creative work in terms of selection of subject matters, design and composition and overall presentation.
- The standard of work on show has generally improved
- The presentation and hang is much improved. Hanging the works in their categories of entry creates a better unity and context within the exhibition and also shows individual works to best effect. I loved the two rows of portraits downstairs which were staring at one another!
- While much of the pricing of work in the show is very realistic, I was absolutely amazed by some of the prices which I would characterise as 'ambitious'. As always the price asked is not always the same as the price achieved. Some made me wonder if:
- certain artists are unfamiliar with prices charged for works on paper by celebrated artists for works on paper. (see yesterday's post for an example of the pricing of a Wolf Kahn drawing)
- whether or not artists had previously sold at this level; and/or
- whether they thought this was the right point at which to pitch within the context of 'London pricing'. (In which case I'd suggest visits to a few more galleries in London!)
- The answer is often provided by the website, where the artist lives and an artist's past track record. I may go back towards the end of the exhibition to take a look at what has sold....
A poster print has also been made that includes images of past winners of prizes in the first 15 years of the exhibition.
|Past Winners of the first 15 years of the UKCPS Annual Exhibition|
I very much liked the catalogue also. Works are listed with an image as well as the name of the artist, title and price. However this year I can't find the images in the Picasa folder which has been used in the past - so you only get to see the images in the exhibition or catalogue and not online. (Note: I was rather surprised to see the names of the prize sponsors omitted from the catalogue. I'm sure they've been included in the past)
The labels in the exhibition are much more informative than a lot you get in exhibitions of this sort. These state precisely - where the artist has provided the information - the brands of pencils and paper used which I'm sure will be very helpful for the students of coloured pencil art who will doubtless visit the show.
The Judge for the Prizes was Henri Price who is an independent Retail Adviser - a good person to know for all those seeking representation for their artwork within the commercial sector!
I'm assuming the prizewinners will be listed in due course on the website - in the meantime I'm listing them below.
I'm not sure I agree with which works won particular prizes - there again prizegiving is so often such a personal choice when you have just one judge for the prizes!
Having said that this is more about outstanding works which didn't win a prize! One of them is getting a blog post to itself next week!
PrizewinnersThe prize, title of the piece and the winners are noted in the captions underneath the images.
|Derwent Award for Best in Show|
AND Lyra Rembrandt Prize for Best in Flower/Fruit or Vegetable
Larger than Life - Clementines (£850) by Ann Swan
Faber Castell Polychromos, Prismacolor Premier, Tombow Irojiten
and Caran d'Ache Luminance on Fabriano Classico 5 (300gms)
She gets the intensity of colour by using a little bit of liquid paraffin wax with her pencils. Ann will be demonstrating her techniques and providing tips at a workshop on Wednesday 11th May. There are just two places remaining!
Here's a view of some of the other entries in this category
|Some of the other works in the Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables Category|