The DE people have done a count and calculated that in the first 25 years:
- 3,563 artists have been selected for the 25 exhibitions and
- 12,490 works of art have been exhibited!
What makes this interesting is that these are artists who either have universal appeal over time - or are very well connected to those doing the selection! (i.e. the table does not explain how many were invited to exhibit and how many of the paintings came from selection via the open entry). Whichever, it's still a fascinating list.
Below is the list and embedded in their names is a link to their website. Interspersed are
- some of my photos from past exhibitions - although I've only been covering them for 10 years. (Below is my own small work - a sketch from the 2007 ING Discerning Eye exhibition - which is one of my favourites. I believe that Mall Galleries enthusiasts will have no difficulty recognising the man with no face!)
- some quotations from individuals associated with the exhibitions.
Small paintings, at their best, have something unique to offer the viewer - intimacy. Intimacy affords the artist an opportunity to speculate. Qualities which would normally be inappropriate in a larger work thrive. Small paintings can be exquisite, tentative and fragile. Small paintings can embrace uncertainty without seeming flawed. By the same token small paintings demand a kind of accuracy on the part of the artist, accuracy of intention. | Graham Crowley - top 20 artist and artist selector 2002
my sketch in pencil and coloured pencil from my first ING Discerning Eye exhibition
Most Shown Artists at Discerning Eye
|Light reflected across the valley - Paul Newland (DE 2015)|
oil, 15x15 inches
- Paul Newland RWS - a favourite of mine. This is an artist who really knows how to use watercolour for atmospheric and seasonal effect.
- Michael Reynolds RP - the artist who managed to win the Ondaatje twice at the RP Annual Exhibition until it was pointed out this wasn't allowed!
- The late John Ward CBE RA RP NEAC (Guardian Obituary; Telegraph Obituary) - the artist from whom the Prince of Wales received his first professional lessons in painting
The latter two have provided some unique perspectives on art and how to address its modern ills.
First a comment from John Ward in the context of the third exhibition.