Summer Exhibition

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I went to see the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy this week and was once again struck by the wealth of creative talent we have in this country. Painting, sculpture, writing, music, architecture the list is long. Much of what I saw at the Summer Exhibition, I didn’t like. But the technical skills on show were impressive. This year there was too much mixed media and too much photography for my taste. And by virtue of that not enough good old-fashioned painting. Of course, in an exhibition of over a thousand exhibits there’s almost too much to take in. But it was good to see new work from painters who never disappoint me – Anthony Eyton RA, Ken Howard RA, John Bellany RA and John Wragg RA. Just a couple more things that caught my eye and are well worth looking out for if you go – Aurora by Anselm Kiefer Hon RA, a wonderful piece (433) using the hull of a scale model submarine in lead, a bronze sculpture by James Butler RA (1002) and a piece called Library ll by Simon Leahy-Clark, which is described as Newspaper Cuttings On Canvas (921).
Tonight I’m going to the private view of the Summer Exhibition of The Society of Fulham Artists & Potters, a society which I hope to join when a place becomes vacant. Who knows maybe I’ll be exhibiting in the future, and people can come along an express a view of my work.
What a thought!!!

The illustration for this blog is by Ella Fredman.