|NEAC 2010 at the Mall Galleries|
|NEAC 2010: West Gallery|
In short, it was a pleasure to walk into this exhibition and then walk round it.
One of the advantages of this particular exhibition by an art society is that NEAC is very organised about maximising the income from sales for its members. One wonders at times why this is not more of a priority for those societies with profesisonal members - and one can only applaud NEAC got having got to grips with the situation - and taking advantage of collectors' willingness to buy art online.
Thus the paintings by NEAC members are also available to purchase online on their website. Consequently, on this occasions I'm able to highlight very specific paintings by some of artists I liked and the award winners.
As well, of course showing you what they looked like on the walls!
Artists who I noted down as being ones who "stood out" for me were
- Ruth Stage (for her painting of South Bay Scarborough)
- Charlotte Sorapure for her paintings apparently from a different time and place. I particularly liked The Assignation (at the top below)
|Paintings by Charlotte Sorapure NEAC|
- William Bowyers' paintings of Walberswick - a place I know well. I loved the painting of the Path to the Bell Hotel, Walberswick. His paintings took me straight back there. While many art socities struggle with older members losing their way when it comes to painting, William Bowyer is a fine example of a member who may be old but has lost none of his ability to produce some fine paintings.
- Patrick Cullen's Indian Scenes were exceptionally colourful and very striking.
- Jane Corsellis's various works, particularly her painting of Estuary, Low Tide
|Works by Jane Corsellis NEAC|
Awards are detailed below.
|Arts Club Award and NEAC Critics Choice Award: Group of four paintings by Ruth Stage NEAC|
- THE ARTS CLUB, DOVER STREET AWARD: Ruth Stage NEAC for her group of four paintings
- NEAC CRITICS’ CHOICE: Ruth Stage NEAC for her group of four paintings
- ST CUTHBERTS MILL AWARD for works on paper: Melvyn Petterson NEAC RE for cat. no. 301 After the storm, Richmond Park
|Horan Prize: Street in Tinos by Ann Wright|
- HORAN PRIZE: Anne Wright for cat. no. 453 Street in Tinos
- MANYA IGEL PRIZE: Neale Worley NEAC for cat. no. 446 Road to Es Carrixto
|The Bill Patterson Memorial Award: Athair Ceile by Alan Coulson|
- THE BILL PATTERSON MEMORIAL AWARD: Alan Coulson for cat. no. 99 Athair Ceile
- A&K WILSON GALLERY AWARD: Stephen Teeuw for cat. no. 386 Table
- WOODHAY GALLERY PRIZE: Toby Ward NEAC for cat. no. 413 Massawippi landing
- THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF PAINTER STAINERS’ PRIZE: Melissa Scott-Miller for cat. no. 343 A sunny day in Islington
- DAVID MESSUM PRIZE (£5,000) : Peter Fleming for cat. no. 149 the craic of dawn
|David Messum Prize: Craic of Dawn by Peter Fleming|
- THE DOREEN McINTOSH PRIZE (£5,000): Karn Holly NEAC for cat. no. 196 Interior October
|North Gallery (first room): Various works - including watercolours by HRH Prince of Wales on centre pillar|
|Various small works in the North Gallery (3rd room)|
I have to say on the whole I much prefer the various small works in this exhibition to those shown at the RA.
That said I do think there is a difference in quality between those who habitually paint small sizes and those painting a small painting for this exhibition. To my mind the quality of composition and execution has to be very good to stand up to scrutiny. Small paintings sell well - but the standard still needs to be very good to achieve that sale - they're not a shortcut to money
I'm hoping they had good sales over the PV and first weekend as the weather this week has been simply dreadful and visitors (and sales this week) must surely have be down on normal. I saw quite a few red stickers while touring the exhibition so it's obvious sales had been pretty good on the opening of the show last week.
|NEAC 2010: Various works, East Gallery - those in the centre are by Richard Bawden NEAC|
I nearly bought a painting from a non-member which I liked. However I decided to go away and look up the artist on the Internet to see more of his art. There's a fine line between a good strong style and being somewhat formulaic. As a result of my research I decided not to buy as his paintings were just a tad too formulaic for my liking. I liked the painting - but I wasn't bowled over by the artist.
I wonder how many other potential purchasers now check out artists online before they buy. I wonder how many artists think about what collectors see of their art when they look online
- New English Art Club http://www.newenglishartclub.co.uk
- Mall Galleries http://www.mallgalleries.org.uk
- Art Societies in the UK - Resources for Artists
- Art Society Exhibitions (UK) - Resources for Artists
- Exhibition Review: New English Art Club - Annual Exhibition 2009
- New English Art Club - Annual Open Exhibition 2008 (2nd December 2008)
- New English Art Club - plus commentary and discussion (4th December 2007)