Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Hermes scarf designed by Alice Shirley celebrates 150 years of Canadian independence

'Into the Canadian Wild' by Alice Shirley

Since graduating from the Royal Drawing School, Alice Shirley (DY 2009) has had an on-going collaboration with the fashion house Hermès Paris to create silk scarves, enamel jewellery, beach and homeware. Her first scarf Zebra Pegasus went on sale in 2014 and is their best-selling scarf; her most recent design Into the Canadian Wild, was commissioned by Hermès to celebrate 150 years of Canadian independence. Part of the Autumn/Winter 2017 collection, it was released this month. You can see more of Alice's work on her website here.

Exhibitions by RDS Faculty this Summer

'Chelsea Physic Garden' by Eileen Hogan

A new series of drawings and paintings by Prof. Eileen Hogan (RDS Academic Board) are currently on view at the Garden Museum. Hogan was appointed the Garden Museum’s artist-in-residence just as the Museum closed for a major Heritage Lottery funded Redevelopment Project. Her response to the challenge of being an artist ‘not-in-residence’ was to ask ninety people to nominate a green space in London along with a description of why it was significant to them. The enquiry revealed the range of Londoners’ attraction and attachment to these spaces which, she says, include ‘horticulture, history, personal psychology, private myth, romance, and eccentricity’.  From this large and varied selection, Hogan has developed a series of large-scale oil paintings, one for each month of the year. The exhibition of Hogan’s works coincides with the launch of the newly redeveloped and extended Museum. Details here.

Claudia Carr (RDS Senior Faculty) has work in an exhibition titled 'Make a Mark', which opens at Arthouse1 in Bermondsey on Sunday 9 July 6-8 pm. More info here.

Daniel Preece (DY 2007, RDS Faculty) will be giving a talk at One Paved Court (Richmond, TW9 1LZ) about his current exhibition Paintings about Everything and Nothing at 12 Noon on 15 July. The exhibition is open until 22 July.

Gallery Artists at Browse & Darby, 20 July - 28 September / Includes work by Academic Board member Prof Eileen Hogan and RDS Senior Faculty members Robert Dukes, Andy Pankhurst and Susan Wilson, whose painting 'Fig Tree in W10' is shown above. It was inspired by a Leonardo ceiling in the Sforza Castle in Milan, painted in 1498.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Alumni exhibitions in July

Hannah Murgatroyd (DY 2006)'s forthcoming solo show, Landscape As A Peopled World', opens at Exeter Phoenix on 13 July and runs until 2 September. Details here. The image shown above is titled 'Hand to Mouth' (2017).

Salma Ali (DY 2014) will be in a group exhibition that opens at Truman Brewery on 6 July 6-10pm. Click here to view the poster and images of work in the show. 

Oliver McConnie (DY 2014)'s hand-coloured etching 'Dance of Death' (shown above) will be on display in the exhibition Mostyn Open 20 in Llandudno, Wales. PV 7 July. The show runs from 8 July to 5 November 2017. Oliver will also be taking part in Open Studios at Bow Arts, Essex House, Saturday 22 July 12 - 6pm. Details here

As part of her current residency at City and Guilds Art School, Jessie Makinson (DY 2012) is having an Open Studio this week, alongside the BA degree show. Open until Sunday 2 July. Address: 124 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4DJ. Click here to view the opening times.

Chris Wallbank (DY 2016)'s drawing Loomery Scroll is currently on show in the Wellcome Collection's summer exhibition A Museum of Modern Naturea new display of objects and stories collected from across a range of disciplines to demonstrate how we relate to nature today. Open until 8 October.

A short film animated by Alex Chilvers (DY 2013) has been nominated for the McLauren Award for Best British Animation at Edinburgh Festival. Directed by Jack Newman, with sound by Steven Dove, the short is titled 'Escape from Syria - Faiza's story'. Click here to watch it. Alex also recently collaborated with musician Helena Gee (aka Vanishing Animals) to make the music video 'From this World to the Next'. Watch it here.

Douglas Farthing (DY 2015) has two paintings on display in the National Army Museum's exhibition War Paint: Brushes with Conflict (open until 19 November). Admission is free. On 19 July Doug will be giving a guided tour of the exhibition at 6,30pm, discussing what it’s like to be a war artist. Douglas is a former sergeant major in The Parachute Regiment, serving in Afghanistan as part of Operation Veritas (2001-14). Details of the event can be found here.

Shown above is an EP album cover for emerging indie/alternative rock band Mellah, recently designed by Emily Morey (DY 2006). She says 'the artwork was made listening to the album music whilst they were rehearsing'. 'The imagery refers to the lyrics and narrative explored by the musician in his music, as well as my own interpretation/ experience of it'.

Emily also has an exhibition at the end of July in Wandsworth, South West London and would like to invite alumni and tutors at The Royal Drawing School. 'Making the Unfamiliar Familiar' will be open 25 July - 5 August. PV 26 July. Some of the artwork was made at Dumfries House, some refers to the Book of Revelations from the Bible. Click here to see the poster for the show.

Katie Brookes (DY 2006) and Jenny Smith (DY 2006), who have been studying on the Turps Studio Programme for the last two years, are exhibiting as part of the TURPS 2015-17 exhibition which opens at Art Bermondsay Project Space this week. Private View 13 July, 6-9pm, continues 14-22 July. Details here.

Elenor Bedlow (DY 2008), Rebecca Harper (DY 2013) and Hannah Turner-Duffin (DY 2009) would like to invite alumni to the Turps Summer Party and Open Studios on 22 July 12-8pm (Bar open from 5pm). They will be exhibiting work made during the past year. Address: Turps Art School,  SE17 2UQ. Details here.

Salma Ali (DY 2014) is in a group show titled 'Roots and Wings' which opens on 21 July in Middlesbrough. More info here.

British artist Rachel Heller (DY 2003) has a solo exhibition of new works at Doswell Gallery in Ireland. 'Pastels and other works' will be on show from 12 August to 6 September. More info here.

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). 

Jaime Valteirra (DY 2005) has a solo show opening on 1 June 6-9pm at Tripp Gallery (59 Amwell Street, London EC1R 1UR)‘By Means of Catastrophe’ is an exhibition of paintings and drawings developed over the last year at the Rum Factory in Wapping, where Valtierra has had his studio since 2015. Click here to read the press release. View images here.

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.

Leonie Lachlan (DY 2010) and Karl-Peter Penke (DY 2002) are both graduating from the MA Printmaking course at Royal College of Art this month, and would like to invite alumni to the opening of the RCA graduate show on 23 June 6-9pm (continues until 2 July). Address: 14 Howie Street, Battersea, London SW11 4AY. 

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