The Wapping Group is somewhat curious. Originally formed to record the River Thames and shipping in the Port of London (at Wapping). Its members have continued to meet since 1946 to paint the River Thames “en plein air” from Henley, along the banks of the Thames and out to its estuary in Essex and Kent .
|Paintings by Paul Banning and Derek Daniells|
I'm not quite sure what they mean by "statutory" as it normally means "required, permitted, or enacted by statute". I'm not quite sure what law deemed 25 members sufficient.... Maybe the word they mean is 'maximum'?
|Paintings by Trevor Chamberlain and looking through the two more galleries of paintings|
|This wall included pastel paintings by Rick Holmes|
|Winter light, Isleworth by Graham Davies SOLD|
- the painting of some of the older members is not what it was in the past
- they have three candidates up for membership - Chris Burdett, Graham Davies and John Walsom - each with three paintings in the exhibition. I was particularly impressed with the paintings of Chris Davies who seemed to capture the soft vaporous colours of the riverside.
- there's rather a lot of views of London - of places away from the River.
|Paintings by Bert Wright and Sidney Cardew|
|Paintings by Alan Runagall|
- painting the River Thames
- the boats seen along the river,
- the land and buildings on the banks of the river and
- some of the people and places associated with river activities.
That gives lots of scope for a great exhibition. There's really no need for paintings of soldiers marching or the streets of the City of London.
Maybe the Group needs a new rule which says something along the lines that the maximum submission by any member of anything away from the River and river activities should be limited to one per member?
|Paintings by John Killens and Michael Richardson|
Some earlier posts about the Wapping Group of Artists
- The Wapping Group of Artists - Annual Exhibition 2015
- Exhibition review: Wapping Group of Artists - 63rd Annual Exhibition (2009 exhibition)
- The Wapping Group of Artists (2007 exhibition)