Over the next few weeks, members and friends are invited to visit the Baltic Exchange bar, where a hand-picked selection of the The Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) annual exhibition, in association with the Mall Gallery, can be viewed.
The work on show includes a painting by David Atkins, the recipient of the new Baltic Exchange Award. David was presented the award for his piece ‘The Sea at Portland Bill’. The work was painted on a stormy autumn day in the autumn.
Discussing the painting, David revealed that “as the light of day was slowly fading, the lamp of the lighthouse switched on. Its warning light was the last mark I made to the painting.”
Anna Bromwich, Art Consultant at Mall Galleries said:
“Generations of artists have sought inspiration from the sea and that tradition continues today. Each year The Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition features works by RSMA members and a new generation of artists who have discovered the fascination of the sea.”
According to Anna Bromwich, the common theme for the exhibition is the sea and tidal waters although, within that remit, work is wide and varied.
“Subjects range from deep water shipping to coastal scenes, competitive sailing to quiet harbours, marine wildlife to still-life. Some specialise in carefully researched historical paintings; others paint en plein air, attempting to capture the essence of the scene at a particular moment in time; yet others work in their studio from copious notes and sketches made on location. The work is representational in the broadest sense and includes all the usual media: oil, watercolour, acrylic, pastel, pencil, pen and ink, as well as prints and the occasional sculpture.”
The RSMA was founded in 1939 and is widely recognised as the focal point for much of Britain’s finest contemporary marine art and many of the country’s leading marine artists are elected members of the Society. All work is for sale and Mall Galleries and the RMSA can also help commission marine art.
Those interested in viewing the rest of the exhibition can find out more here.
Those interested in making an enquiry regarding any of the paintings on the walls, please contact Anna Bromwich