PICTURE OF THE MONTH

Updated: 1 Jul 2020

Our Picture of the Month is chosen from the RGA online Gallery by the previous month's artist.

To find out more, contact Martina at webmaster@rga-artists.org.uk


Colourful stained glass effect made from fabric
Embroidered Window
Fabric and embroidery
55 x 55cm

July 2020
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


standing nude female figure made from old wool
Woolen person – Grey woman
Recycled knitwear and hand stitching

June 2020
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


white fine wavy lines on black
Reverberations IV
Ink on paper
50 x 74cm

May 2020
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


Side image of male torso
Park Life 1 Christchurch Meadows
Oil on canvas
100 x 100cm

April 2020
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


Side image of male torso
Icarus
Acrylic on canvas
91 x 91cm

March 2020
by Steve Lloyd Davies

I am captivated by the application of tone and texture that communicates a sensuality, strength and fluidity of the male figure. This is combined with the use of black, composition and simplicity of line that convey vulnerability and mystery - there is no face or complete head. It has become uncommon to represent the human figure in 'Art' and I salute the courage to do so.

The title points the way to Greek myth - Icarus represents the consequences of hubris (flying too close to the sun, despite his father's warnings, and drowning as a consequence) - and the image most likely contains symbolism related to this (why the streak of turquoise ?), but as a viewer this is almost unimportant because the image endures alone as a depiction of fervor, denial and exposure.

Chosen from our online Gallery by Rebecca Mendoza


Looking up at the sky
Daydream
Pastel on Paper
40 x 40cm

February 2020
by Rebecca Mendoza

I was drawn to Rebecca’s picture for the simplicity and purity of the image. The contemplative blue square is a generous invitation into a calm and meditative environment where the onus is on the experience the viewer.

It is this aspect that reminded me of the work of James Turrell whose ’Skyspaces’ are specifically proportioned chambers with an aperture in the ceiling open to the sky. Indeed, as Turrell says “My work is more about your seeing than it is about my seeing”.

The picture offers space and time to look beyond our image saturated lives and find positivity and hope in the natural world.

Chosen from our online Gallery by Heather McAteer


Image of trees inside a house
Imagined interior
Embossed paper, charcoal
105 × 148cm

January 2020
by Heather McAteer

For the start of the year I’ve chosen this Imagined interior, which has had my mind wondering. As anyone who knows me, I like an image that makes you think. Could this be a futuristic statement about the condition of the planet, where the only place we may see a tree is in a greenhouse or terrarium, a museum, a laboratory or as suggested only in our imagination.

We can at this time of year take inspiration from the wonderful shapes and shadows created by the bare trees that surround us, taking a closer look in anticipation of the spring. As artists we’d be pretty lost without trees, as indeed we would be as humans.

Happy New Year!

Chosen from our online Gallery by Martina Hildebrandt


bug like creature
Untitled

December 2019
by Roger Smalley

I recently went to visit Roger's workshop to understand more about what's involved in carving stone, and I was struck by the sheer quantity of creations I saw there. Perched all over the walls and on the inside of the doors were numerous quirky compilations of found objects alongside his more familiar carved pieces, many in progress.

This particular sculpture that I have chosen for Picture of the Month warms the heart and brings a smile to my face when I see it. The curious non-specificity of the creature makes the viewer look to the feeling of the work. It's effect is direct and uncomplicated.

Chosen from our online Gallery by Sadie Brockbank


Life Ark
Life Ark
Mixed media
17 x 26 x 9 cm

October 2019
by Sadie Brockbank

I could have chosen any of the works by this artist featured in the Gallery, but I’m particularly drawn to the feeling of precarious balance Life Ark evokes.

I love the colours – the cool blues and greens – and the simple shapes; the decorations on the boat have echoes of something ancient and mystical. The title also seems particularly relevant to current environment concerns. Above all, the sculpture (and its title) is thought-provoking – and that’s always a good thing.

Chosen from our online Gallery by Shelagh Casebourne


Tree lined path
Penny's Lane
Oil
30 x 30cm

September 2019
by Shelagh Casebourne

I’d like to walk down this lane, an ancient byway methinks, indeed I have walked in similar places quiet and beautiful.

There being so much tumult in the world, with forests and natural habitats being destroyed and with catastrophe threatening the climate, a picture like this is of something to treasure.

Beautifully and simply painted, calming when the mind is unquiet.

Chosen from our online Gallery by Lou Jessop


Running with Wolves
Running with Wolves
Relief applique and woollen hand stitching

August 2019
by Lou Jessop

I love the energy in this image and the vibrant colour contrasts. The flying red hair and leaping legs of the woman and the wolves convey a sense of a longer narrative that begins way outside the frame and continues beyond it. Seeing that the woman is running "with" rather than from the wolves, led me to look online for an explanation. I was delighted to learn of the book "Women Who Run with the Wolves", in which analyses of numerous myths and folk tales reveal "the Wild Woman archetype of the feminine psyche". For me, Lou's image vividly captures that sense of a woman at one with nature.

Chosen from our online Gallery by Gill Goodwin


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