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

Nicola Durvasula, Christopher Le Brun and Humphrey Ocean in Drawing Biennial 2017

Nicola Durvasula (RDS Senior Faculty) is exhibiting at the current Drawing Biennial 2017 at the Drawing Room. Her drawing is shown above. Also included in the exhibition are Christopher Le Brun,  William Kentridge, Humphrey Ocean, Oona Grimes, Chantal Joffe, Rose Whylie and Grayson Perry. The exhibition runs until 26 April with the online auction from 12 to 26 April.

Rosie Vohra in exhibition at Bosse & Baum gallery

Rosie Vohra (DY 2014) is part of a group exhibition at Bosse & Baum gallery that opens on Friday 17 March 6-9 pm:
Herland, A Visual Book Club / Bosse & Baum have invited six artists on a residency, with one week to work with one another and respond to the space. Drawing on the feminist sci-fi classic, Herland, the artists involved wish to disprove stereotypical expectations of what an all-female environment fosters, just as the women of Herland surprise the expectations of the trio of male intruders in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s novella. More info here or on facebook. Address: 133 Copeland Road, London SE15 3SN. 

Francesca Mollett in two-person exhibition

Francesca Mollett (DY 2015) is showing new paintings in the exhibition Rose Madder at The Benevolent Association of Excellent Solutions, 8 Kingfisher Sq, London SE8 5TW. 

Private View Thursday 16 March 6-9,30pm. Open 17-19 March 12-6pm. 

Christopher Green featured in The Evening Standard

Christopher Green (DY 2008) was featured in an article in London's Evening Standard last week. Christopher's large-scale ink drawing of a busy street scene (for which he was awarded the 2017 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize) was drawn entirely from life. 'Chris spent two months outside Liverpool Street’s branch of McDonald’s drawing the street. He worked on the piece during from April to June last year, finishing it on June 23, the day of the EU referendum. He admitted that he spent so long working outside McDonald’s that he ended up befriending the staff.' Read the full article here

Christopher Green with his son Hunter

Henry Gibbons Guy solo exhibition

Henry Gibbons Guy (Senior Faculty/DY 2005) will be exhibiting new work in his forthcoming solo exhibition 'Recent Works from the Heath'Private view 16 March 6-8,30 pm Exhibition open 7 March to 1 April - viewing by appointment (call 020 7278 2070). Address: The Meditatio Centre, St Marks, Myddelton Square, London, EC1R 1XX. Nearest tube: Angel

Visit the artist's website:

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Josias Figueirido in group show at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia

Josias Figueirido (DY 2010) is taking part in a group show at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. 'Surface Forms' showcases silk-screened yardage designs created through the museum’s Apprentice Training Program. The exhibition, which is open until 25 June, presents dozens of original designs ranging in color, style, and subject matter, alongside swatch books from the museum’s archive. Opening: 17 March, 6–8 pm. More info here.

Kirsty Buchanan in Royal Watercolour Society annual exhibition

Kirsty Buchanan (DY 2013) is included in the Royal Watercolour Society 2017 Exhibition 
Her painting, titled ‘Immoral Tales', is shown below:

Exhibition dates: 3-15 March. 
Address: Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London SE1 9JH

Details here:

Christopher Green wins First Prize at the Lynn Painters-Stainers Prize 2017

Congratulations to two of our alumni who won the top two prizes at the Lynn Painters-Stainers Prize 2017 on Monday night, the opening evening of the exhibition.

Christopher Green (current Faculty and DY 2008) was awarded the First Prize (£ 15,000) for his large drawing ‘Lunchtime, Liverpool Street’ (143x128cm) – see image below:

Michael Chance (DY 2013) was awarded the Second Prize (£ 4,000) for his painting 'Self Portrait in the Peanut Factory' (oil on board, 122x152cm). Michael’s painting is a reinterpretation of Rembrandt’s famous painting Danae (Hermitage, Saint Peterburg).

For those of you who wish to see the exhibition, it is open until 18 March 2017 at the Mall Galleries, London SW1. 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Douglas Farthing exhibits drawings and paintings from Iraq

British Soldiers on the streets of Basra, Iraq (2009) by Douglas Farthing

Douglas Farthing (DY 2015) will be showing work from 2009, made in Iraq during his last tour with the British Army and never exhibited before. The group exhibition, titled 'War & Peace', features four members of the Armed Forces Art Society.
  • War & Peace at Menier Gallery,  7-11 March, Address: 51 Southward Street, London, SE1 1RU.
Doug retired from the British Army in 2013, after which he attended the Drawing Year. With no formal art training, he made many drawings on the back of  military maps. You can two examples of drawing from Basra here. 

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Twelve alumni and faculty in Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2017

Twelve alumni and members of faculty have had paintings selected for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize exhibition in March. The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize was created in 2005 to encourage the very best creative representational painting and promote the skill of draughtsmanship. Click on each title below to view the works:

Daniel Preece
 This Must be the Place
Carl Randall David Mitchell and the Whispering Gallery
Carl Randall Katie Leung and the Shed
Cherry Pickles A487
Christopher Green Lunchtime, Liverpool Street
Elvira Rose Oddy Landscape
Mary Millner Keep Out (Auchinleck Mine)
Max Naylor Inlet 
Tim Patrick Mary
Stephen Polatch Footballer
Stephen Polatch Boy in Wood II
Chris Wallbank Westminster from Festival Hall

Cherry Pickles: new paintings

Cherry Pickles (RDS Senior Faculty) has a solo exhibition opening in a fortnight:

Smoking with the Boys
An Exhibition of Paintings
Cherry Pickles

Saturday 25 February – Sunday 9 April
Vernissage 6.00 - 9.30 Saturday 25 February

Viewing by appointment: 0208 801 8577/07976 090 279

The Room, 33 Holcombe Road, Tottenham Hale, N17 9AS

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Dan McCarthy and Charlie Masson in group exhibition

Dan McCarthy and Charlie Masson (both DY 2011) have work in a group exhibition titled 'Caput' at The Crypt Gallery in Euston in February. The exhibition will be open 6-12 February, with Private Views on Thu 9 February 6-9pm and Sat 11 February 5-9pm. Download the invite here. More info here

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Lottie Stoddart: solo exhibition at Westminster Abbey

Lottie Stoddart (DY 2015) has a solo exhibition coming up at Westminster Abbey. Last year Lottie was granted special access to draw in the abbey and will be exhibiting the drawings and paintings she made there. Lottie first became interested in Westminster Abbey as a subject for investigation through visiting it on the William Blake course with Mark Cazalet.  She says: 'Being able to repeatedly revisit has enabled me to get to know this, initially, very overwhelming building and create work that reflects my experience of the juxtaposing periods and centuries of re-workings.' Alumni are warmly invited to the Private View on 9 February 6 - 7,30pm. Address: St Margaret St, Westminster, London SW1P 3JX. The exhibition will be open 10-16 February. More info here. A set of cards is also on sale in the Abbey Shop. 

Drawing at Westminster Abbey

Over the course of 2016 I was given the wonderful opportunity to spend an intensive period drawing inside Westminster Abbey. My first visit, following in the footsteps of William Blake, was with the Royal Drawing School, and formed the idea of returning and engaging with the Abbey's interior for a longer period. 
            My work investigates spaces that evoke the sacred. My previous works on this theme have included London graveyards, ancient woodlands and most recently tree veneration in India. Many evocations of Westminster abbey concentrate on the monumental, but I have sought out the personal and intimate where visual juxtapositions have occurred through time, architectural style and changing use. The Abbey's central shrine and surrounding chapels have made me consider how sacred spaces are glimpsed, hidden and revealed which was essential to creating the accompanying drawing to this articleTowards the Shrine.
            Colour is very important in my work and I have used specific combinations to act like musical chords playing over the Abbey. Alongside a carefully restricted colour palette, both drawings and paintings are simplified or slightly abstracted in a conversation between the subject and my own internal narratives. Visiting the Abbey over such a long period; several days per months over the year, has strengthened my connection and relationship to this sacred space, and I hope the viewer can share my experience.
            I am deeply indebted to Scott Craddock for coordinating my visits to the Abbey and I would like to thank all those at the Abbey and St. Margaret's who have enabled this project and my first solo exhibition. 

Lottie Stoddart

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Neal Jones in two-person exhibition

CONDO 2017 is a collaborative exhibition and art event happening over the next few weeks. 21 contemporary art galleries from as far afield as New York, Berlin, São Paolo, Dusseldorf and Shanghai are taking up month-long residence at 15 of London’s young galleries. Exhibition dates: 14 Jan11 Feb 2017. Preview Sat 14 & Sun 15 January, 12–6pm. Click here to visit the website and download a map.

As part of the Condo exhibition programme, Southard Reid gallery will be exhibiting artwork by Neal Jones (DY 2003). Southard Reid is hosting Koppe Astner gallery from Glasgow. Kris Lemsalu + Neal Jones: 14 Jan - 11 Feb 2017 

'Happy Shopper' by Neal Jones (2014)

Clara Drummond and Kirsty Buchanan in conversation

The William Morris Society in West London has an upcoming event that features two alumnae, Clara Drummond (DY 2005) and Kirsty Buchanan (DY 2013). Their joint exhibition The Unsung Muse was shown there in the summer of 2016.

Clara Drummond and Kirsty Buchanan in conversation
Sat 28 January 2017 2,15 – 3,30 pm / In this talk Clara and Kirsty will discuss their influences and ways of working, and explain how research into the Society's collections inspires and informs their work. Tickets can be purchased here.

Tim Hyman: Lecture on Chagall

Liza Dimbleby and Tim Hyman (RDS Senior Faculty) are hosting a joint event at Pushkin House in London on 18 January, 7 - 8,30 pm:

Tim Hyman: Lecture on  Chagall’s etchings for Dead Souls with an introduction by Liza Dimbleby. Details here.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Paul Fenner solo exhibition, Mercer Chance Gallery

Paul Fenner (DY 2012) will be exhibiting a new series of paintings at Mercer Chance Gallery in Hoxton.

'Paul Fenner: Smoke Signals' 20 - 28 January, Private View Friday 20 January 7 - 10 pm. New gallery opening hours: Friday 10-2pm and Saturday and Sunday 11-6pm or by appointment. 

A painting by Paul Fenner

Charlie Cobb solo exhibition, Petworth House

Charlie Cobb (DY 2004) has a solo exhibition at Petworth House in West Sussex from 7 January to 12 March. The exhibition runs alongside Turner & the Age of British Watercolour and consists of a number of paintings, drawings and etchings which are the result of his residency at the House. Charlie's studio was in the Old Library at Petworth House, which was once J.M.W. Turner's studio and featured in Mike Leigh's biographical drama about the artist's life. More info here
The Old Library at Petworth House