Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Alumni exhibitions in June

Looking Out by Elvira Rose Oddy (2015)

Elvira Rose Oddy (DY 2015) has a small watercolour of Dumfries House in the RA Summer Show 2017, which opens to the public on 14 June. Also included in the exhibition: Catherine GoodmanEileen HoganCharlotte VerityGethin EvansTim HymanHumphrey OceanChristopher Le Brun and Sarah Armstrong Jones (click on each name to view the artist's work). 

In January Ben Nathan (DY 2009) was awarded a place on the Space Studios London Creative Network Artist Development Programme and will be showing new work he has made since then at Space's upcoming showcase exhibition, which opens on 15 June 6 – 9pm in Hackney (continues Friday and Saturday, 12 – 6pm). Address: 129 – 131 Mare Street, Hackney, London, E8 3RH. More info here.

Anna Tveritinova (DY 2016) and Daniel MacCarthy (DY 2011) are in a group show titled 'Joie de Vivre' which opens on 15 June 6-9pm at Art Hub Studios in Deptford. More info here. Read the press release here.

Aude Hérail Jäger (DY 2011) has work in The Shoreham Scupture Trail (17-18th June) in Kent. More info here.

Pia Bramley (DY 2014) and Jaime Valtierra (DY 2005) have work in a show that opens on Friday 16 June, 6-9pm at the Nunnery Gallery in Bow.

Tyga Helme, Lottie Stoddart, Matthew Cunningham and Christabel Forbes, the Royal Drawing School India IIFA Residency group 2016, will be exhibiting work made in India at Daniel Raphael Gallery (Marylebone, London) from 20 June to 10 July. PV: 20 June, 5,30-8,30pm. Click here to view the invitation. Rsvp to

Daniel Preece (RDS Faculty) has an upcoming one man show at One Paved Court, Richmond (30 June - 22 July). PV 29 June 6-8pm (Please RSVP). Click here to view the invite.

Jessie Makinson at Frestonian Gallery

Jessie Makinson (DY 2012) is part of a group show at Frestonian Gallery in West London. The exhibition, titled 'The Luminous Language', also features work by Ken Kiff and David Hockney. Continues until 21 July.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

A portrait by Nahem Shoa enters public collection in Newcastle

A painting by Nahem Shoa (DY 2004) has been acquired by The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle. The portrait, titled Head of Desiree (2001), was painted over 8 months and around 30 three hour sitting were involved. 


Nahem is also in a group show called Into The Wild Abyss at The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, showing alongside artists Gordon Cheung and Rui Matsunaga. The exibition opens on the 8th of june and finishes on 3rd sept. 

Into The Wild Abyss / Three artists explore various interpretations of a universal spiritual craving for nature in an era of accelerated technological existence; the inner life within a post 9-11 world full of ecological, economic and political instability. Gordon Cheung, Rui Matsunaga and Nahem Shoa all share through their different artistic visions a desire to use archetypal narratives to express hope with hallucinatory, shimmering and imagined forms to reflect on the human condition within the constructs of civilisations.

Alumni in the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition 2017

Many alumni and members of RDS Faculty have been shortlisted for the 2017 Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition currently on view at Piano Nobile, Kings Place, London. The painting shown above is by Rebecca Harper (DY 2013).

Friday, 21 April 2017

Naomi Trevor: Manual for an Ark

Naomi Trevor: Manual for an Ark 
The 2017 Sir Denis Mahon Exhibition at the Royal Drawing School

Naomi Trevor (DY 2015) was the recipient of the Sir Denis Mahon Award last year and now the Royal Drawing School has the pleasure of exhibiting the work she’s made during this time. The exhibition will be open from Monday 24 April to Friday 5 May (please note that 1 May is a bank holiday and the building will be closed). The Private View will take place on Tuesday 25 April, 6,30 – 8,30pm. You can view the exhibition card, with images and text about the work, here.

3pin / e27 by Naomi Trevor

Untitled by Naomi Trevor

Inland by Naomi Trevor

Hawker Siddeley by Naomi Trevor

Islands I by Naomi Trevor

Islands II by Naomi Trevor

Islands III by Naomi Trevor

Steamboat (for Buster Keaton) by Naomi Trevor

Friday, 31 March 2017

Three alumni and Julian Bell in group exhibition (Bristol)

Oliver McConnie (DY 2014), Max Naylor (DY 2012), Mary Roberts-Holmes (DY 2012) and Julian Bell (Senior Faculty) are in an exhibition together in Bristol which opens on 7 AprilMore details below:


“Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly;
Man got to sit and wonder 'why, why, why?'
Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land;
Man got to tell himself he understand.”
-      Kurt Vonnegut
'Gott Mate Mutt' is an exhibition that explores human nature perceived by the artists in reaction to both Kurt Vonnegut's novel Cat’s Cradle and to current global events. Using Cats’ Cradle as an inspiration the artists including Mary Roberts-Holmes, Jack Friswell, Oliver McConnie, Sam Fleming, Max Naylor and Julian Bell exhibit work focusing on humans’ absurd relationship with destruction.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Neal Jones in British Council touring painting exhibition

Neal Jones (DY 2003) is one of the artists featured in The Painting Show, A touring exhibition by the British Council Limerick City Gallery of Art, Carnegie Building, Pery Square, Limerick, Ireland (09 February 2017 – 16 April 2017). 

Mark Hanson in group exhibition (San Francisco, USA)

A painting by Mark Hanson (DY 2016) has been selected for an exhibition in America. The painting is called Late Afternoon (shown below) and these are the details of the exhibition:

Honouring the Legacy of David Park 
Santa Clara University San Francisco, California, 3-28 April.
David Park (American, 1911–1960) was a painter and founding member of the Bay Area Figurative Movement, known for his thickly painted, intensely colored portraits. Born in Boston, Park moved to Los Angeles in 1928 to study at the Otis Art Institute for a year before dropping out. He went on to teach at the San Francisco Art Institute for many years, where he met at befriended fellow painters Richard Diebenkorn and Elmer Bischoff. Click here to view the catalogue.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Lilias Buchanan: upcoming solo exhibition at Shapero Modern

Artist and musician Lilias Buchanan (DY 2014) is exhibiting new works directly inspired by Richard Brautigan’s 1976 cult classic, Sombrero Fallout: A Japanese Novel. 

29 March — 11 April 2017 
Private View: Tuesday 28 March, 6.30 — 8.30pm
Please RSVP:
The assembled works, nine small-scale paintings exquisitely rendered in pencil, watercolour and collage, channel the book’s two parallel narrative threads. The first focuses on a heartbroken American writer who has recently been left by his Japanese lover. His obsessive thoughts about her prevent him from concentrating on a story he is writing, in which a sombrero falls from the sky in a sleepy town in the American southwest. Eventually, and despairingly, the author throws what he has written into the wastepaper basket, but the discarded story continues to write itself, so beginning the second narrative, which recounts a bizarre tale in which the sombrero becomes an object of fascination, attracting enormous crowds and fierce debate before ultimately provoking a civil war. Lilias admits that 'the creation of this body of work and her interest in Brautigan’s novel has bordered on the obsessional', leading her to approach strangers in the street who bore a resemblance to Brautigan’s characters, and asking them to pose for her. Read more about the project here.

You can see some of the works in the exhibition below:


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Fred Clark solo exhibition

Fred Clark (DY 2012) will be exhibiting recent paintings and drawings in his exhibition Tramuntana which will be open between 21 and 24 March, 10-6pm at 11 Avenue Studios, Sydney Mews, South Kensington, SW3 6HW. Fred would like to invite alumni to the Private Views on 21 and 22 March 6-8pm. Click here to visit his website