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Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition 2014
15 to 26 October, 10a.m. to 5p.m.
Britain is an island nation with a proud maritime heritage. The coastline of Britain and its principal islands measures some 19,400 miles, presenting a wide variety of often spectacular scenery. The sea is part of who we are as a nation. It is this heritage and this environment that the Royal Society of Marine Artists aim to celebrate.
The Royal Society of Marine Artists is the focal point for much of Britain's finest contemporary marine art, and many of the country's leading marine artists are elected Members of the Society. The Annual Exhibition is a chance to see Members work alongside works selected from open submissions from artists across Britain and the world.
Whilst much of the work is representational in the broadest sense, the styles, choice of subject matter and painting medium vary enormously. Some Members specialize in thoroughly researched historical subjects, others capture the thrill of modern yacht racing; some enjoy muddy creeks and quiet harbours, others find beauty in super-tankers and cargo vessels; some find inspiration on the deep sea, others explore what's under the sea.
But no matter what they paint, or in what style, no matter whether they paint en plein-air or in the studio, the sea is always their main source of inspiration.
Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition
15 to 26 October, 10a.m. to 5p.m. (closes 1p.m. on final day)
Admission: £3, £2.50 Concession, Free to Mall Galleries Friends, RSMA Friends, National Art Pass holders and under 18s
For more about art depicting Britain's coastline and sea environment, read Lindsey Shaw-Miller's review of The Power of the Sea. Making Waves in British Art 1790–2014 edited by Janette Kerr and Christiana Payne in Cassone, June 2014
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