Art Trip to London Galleries

Category: Art, Trips, General

Our Lower Sixth Fine Art students were able to sketch and view contemporary art from a number of galleries within the Piccadilly area recently. Some of the class encountered vast charcoal works by Robert Longo at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, whilst others visited Waddington Custot gallery, where iconic oil and ink, gouache and calligraphic works by one of the leading Chinese abstract artists, Chu Teh-Chun (1920-2014), are presently being exhibited.

The Royal Academy of Arts is presenting over 150 works, by celebrated American artist Jasper Johns. The first major exhibition to be held in the United Kingdom for 40 years proved highly absorbing for our L6th Fine Art class. Students also sketched from an RA show displaying Matisse's lifetime collection of his treasured objects. Chosen for their aesthetic and eclectic qualities, rather than value, Matisse's favourite pieces also featured within his masterful paintings, some of which accompany the exquisite show.

GALLERY: Click here for a selection of images

At The Fine Art Society, two superb exhibitions have just opened. A solo show of highly accomplished, recent paintings and drawings by Eileen Cooper RA is accompanied by multiple British prints from the 19th and 20th Century. The collection includes fine examples by Victor Pasmore and Whistler. Within Browse & Darby, our students enjoyed the deceptively simple, evocative paintings and prints by Craigie Aitchison RA and extensive black and white drawings by Olivia Kemp.

The artist David Tress, sears, scrapes and scores through his seemingly tranquil paintings, powerfully demonstrating his emotional connection to the specific landscapes that he represents. Students completed their gallery visits by catching this commanding show at Messum's, Cork Street.

Jonathan Parnham
Head of Visual Arts Promotion

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