PICTURE OF THE MONTH
Updated: 1 Mar 2021
Our Picture of the Month is chosen from the RGA online Gallery by the previous month's artist.
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by Angus McDonald
I'm drawn to the elegance and serenity of swans, and their reflections in still water. This portrayal is strikingly different with the long neck not shown in profile. I love the soft detail of the wings, where the long feathered neck is resting, contrasted with the more abstract fluidity of the water below.
Chosen from our online Gallery by Isobel Brimelow
by Isobel Brimelow
I recently watched a documentary film called 'My Octopus Life' (thoroughly recommend), which depicted a diver's relationship with an individual Octopus and left me with the sense that this Octopus was a person. Seeing Thalassa by Isobel Brimelow on the RGA website reminded me of the film. This painting seems to immerse you in the world of another creature – what it is to be Octopus. I love that the mountain peaks of our world are just barely tipping out at the top of the broad swathe of sea which is full of life. The family of Octopus appear to be in communion with the spirit of the sea.
Chosen from our online Gallery by Sadie Brockbank
by Sadie Brockbank
I have chosen Sadie Brockbank's Forest Deer as the Picture of the Month for January. I love how this wise animal carries both the sheltering trees and roosting birds, on her travels through the forest. The work reminds me of the interwoven strands of the natural world and the fragile balance within. I find the sculpture both strong and delicate. Thank you Sadie.
Chosen from our online Gallery by Helen Lunn
by Helen Lunn
I am drawn to the organic, luscious quality of this piece of art. Intriguing mixed media that has been formed to produce a distinctive 3D work on paper. Thank you Helen!
Chosen from our online Gallery by Sue Tait
by Sue Tait
A comforting interpretation of the West Country landscape. A painting to look into and take a stroll around. Thanks to the artist.
Chosen from our online Gallery by William Redman
by William Redman
I like the simplicity of it. The shapes may be simple but the perspective, palette and composition are unusual and work together so well.
Chosen from our online Gallery by David Cotton
by David Cotton
I should admit that my weakness for the seascape is getting bigger and bigger. In David's work I've been fascinated by the effect of infinite depth that the artist managed to achieve on the horizon not only by colours but also by the intersection between the shape of clouds and waves. I am also surprised by the colour palette he chose for this subject. I would tend to say almost monochrome palette but not entirely.
Chosen from our online Gallery by Calina Lefter
by Calina Lefter
I love the contrasting colours mirroring the nature of our earth with that of the cosmos. The composition brings out a surreal nature in the painting, carrying within it a sense of optimism, wonder and awe.
Chosen from our online Gallery by Bhamini Markella
by Bhamini Markella
I have chosen Bhamini Markella's piece, Embroidered Window.
A bright and uplifting piece of work, I admire the bold use of colour. I love the fact that Bhamini is re-cycling fabrics for her embroideries creating fabulous pictures from unwanted scraps.
The influence of India is very manifest and a special delight to me having recently spent a wonderful month there.
Chosen from our online Gallery by Lou Jessop
by Lou Jessop
There is a wonderful tactile quality to Lou Jessop's work. This is a piece I would like to hold in my hands. It reminds me of a votive object, connecting back to prehistory, whose purpose has been lost in the passage of time – a symbol of motherhood/fertility perhaps? A figure however, that is slightly unsettling with a strong presence. The fact that it is made of re-purposed knitwear brings an added dimension and resonance to the work.
Chosen from our online Gallery by Tom Cartmill
by Tom Cartmill
The work I have chosen is an abstract work in ink on paper: 'Reverberations IV' one of a series by Tom Cartmill.
On paper, tensions have been formed between abstraction and representation, illusion and reality, imagined and real time. I find a strange beauty in the veils and mists, mountains and valleys which are alluded to by the drawings' 'waterfalls' of lines echoing the spaces they create; yet its' aesthetic is not reliant on this kind of narrative, but more on the narrative of its' own making. The rhythms of white lines draw me into a metaphorical journey through time and space; searching for references, I am hypnotised. Intricate textures, suggestions of surfaces, contours, layers and shapes, become mysterious countries in a parallel shifting world with a very different geography. An intriguing drawing remains: a fragment of experience, a mysterious record of time, where process is syntax, and where there is no map to guide, just the compulsion to continue to journey forward and share the artists' interest and excitement in the voyage.
Chosen from our online Gallery by Michael Norcross
by Michael Norcross
Painting is visual metaphor.
The painting, on first reading, is a dramatic view of man-made nature. The colours convey an early morning walk in a frosty park. The raking light and elongated shadows create a dramatic perspective which leads to the centre of the symmetrical composition.
However, the image gradually reveals more.
The compositional centrepiece – the two trees – seem to be locked into a never-ending dialogue with each other. Gesture meets rebuttal, argument is countered. Two actors in a play? Two politicians in debate? Two sports fans in a bar?
This immortal, immovable spectacle is watched impassively by an audience of silent, vertical trees in the background.
This is the power of the artist's vision; to transform the everyday into the human condition.
Chosen from our online Gallery by Steve Lloyd Davies