RBA and Arts Society [NADFAS] show at the Royal Over-seas League.

‘The Three Lydias’ 80 x 60cm Oil on canvas
By Izzy Crouch Bishop – Luffa School
Winner of the John Ingram Award

The Royal Over-Seas League are proud to host RBA Star Students, an exhibition of artwork by talented school students all under the age of 18. Developed by two respected and prestigious organisations, The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) and the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), the exhibition is promoting 20 aspiring young artists who were initially proposed by The Arts Society, to then be selected by the RBA from 272 entries. The finalists to be presented at ROSL were selected for their exceptional works which combine the highest levels of skill, expression and draughtsmanship using a variety of medium exploring equally varied subjects. This is the second year that this exhibition is coming to Over-Seas house and we are once again excited to offer our members and friends glimpse into the future of fine art.

Following ROSL, the works will go on display at the Framers Gallery from the 13th to 17th March and then the Mall Galleries from 20th to 31st March, where they will sit alongside the work of professional artists at the RBA’s Annual Exhibition.

Royal Over-Seas League
23 January – 8 March 2018
Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR
10am – 6pm daily (staffed Mon-Fri)
Admission: Free
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The Framers Gallery
13th – 17th March 2018
36 Windmill Street, London, W1T 2JT
Monday – Friday: 10.00 – 5.30
Saturday: 11.00 – 5.00
Sundays & Bank Holidays: closed
Admission: Free

Mall Galleries
20th – 31st March 2018
The Mall, London SW1
10am – 5pm daily
(closes at 1pm on final day)
Admission: £3, £2.50 concessions
(50% off to National Art Pass holders. Free to Friends of Mall Galleries and under 18s)

The Arts Society

Royal Society of British Artists Honours Chinese Artist Sixiao Feng

Chinese artist Sixiao Feng has been invited to become an Honorary Foreign Member of the RBA following in the steps of Giorgio de Chirico and Eduard Vuillard. He said he was absolutely delighted and greatly honoured.
His first UK exhibition was held at the British Museum in October, where more than 50 works were on display. Nick Tidnam, President of the Royal Society of British Artists, had been invited to open the show and he said:

“It’s a great show from a man with enormous talent, skill and understanding of nature. Cultural relationships between the UK and China are important and absolutely what we should be doing. Culture is very important. Mr Feng and I, we don’t have a common language, but we do have the common language of painting, so we understand each other in that respect. I think music, art, these are things with which we cross borders and relate to each other.”

Born in Qingdao, in East China’s Shandong province, 69-year-old Sixiao Feng is one of China’s best-known artists. His paintings are frequently seen in art textbooks.  Feng is also acclaimed worldwide and has held solo exhibitions in the US city of San Francisco, the US state of Hawaii and Canada. His paintings were displayed at Olympic stadiums during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Feng said;
“Britain is the home of watercolour and China has been learning from it for nearly 100 years. These paintings are my attempt to combine the traditional Chinese painting style with Western watercolours, something I have worked on for at least 20 years. Watercolour stems from the West and focuses on the colour and the light, whereas Chinese painting is more about spirits and emotions. I have added some natural spirits and brushing skills from Chinese ink painting to watercolour painting This exhibition is an opportunity for me to know what British people would feel about this particular painting style and also to learn more from British watercolourists.”