Get The Big Picture At The RBSA

| 06 July 2004

Pre-eminent figures of the art world exhibit together for the RBSA's Honorary Member's show.

Photo-realist John Salt exhibits alongside Ken Howard R A, David Tindle R A, Tom Coates RBSA, Romeo di Girolamo PRBA, David Carpanini PPRE, Sarah van Niekerk RE, Harry Eccleston OBE, PPRE and HRH The Prince of Wales Hon RA, RI, RWS.

Photo-realist John Salt. Picture © the artist.

John Salt's instantly recognisable photorealist paintings of American Cars first began in 1970 when he moved to New York. Intrigued by the crumpled metal and rusting surfaces of their cast-off hulks, Salt was preferred them to the shiny surfaces of an American icon of power and consumerism.

In contrast, but with the same daunting attention to detail, Sarah van Niekerk, printmaker and David Carpanini painter-printmaker, produce prints through the use of woodcut and etching to portray landscape/nature at its most wild and beautiful.

Harry Eccleston is best known for his bank note designs for the Bank of England. His early prints of industry inspired by his native surroundings in the Black Country are a reminder of our declining industrial heritage; recent prints depict the landscape with power lines becoming an increasingly dominant feature.

Industry is also prominently featured in much of Romeo di Girolamo's paintings, the crumbling industry of the 1950s and 1960s taken over by triumphant weeds and undergrowth.

Ken Howard is a painter noted for his handling of light and for his depictions of nudes in interiors, although his seascapes are wonderful too. The glorious use of light is also a feature of the figurative and still life paintings of David Tindle, which are meticulous in the dry technique of tempera; the subjects have an ethereal quality to them, bewitching the viewer.

Tom Coates paints landscapes, townscapes and portraits in oil and in watercolour, capturing the essence of a subject whether it is a group of men sitting or a townscape, one feels that they are there.

Another prominent watercolourist, HRH The Prince of Wales's watercolours are painted in the open air, often finishing a picture in one go, many are painted while travelling.

By virtue of diversity in subject and medium, the paintings and prints in this exhibition are both a wonderful eclectic mix and inspirational, whether you are a practising artist and/or a collector of art.

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