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Royal Clarence Hotel hosts South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts Annual Academicians’ Exhibition

By Echo_Bridget  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

looking south  (M) Richard Thorn

Looking south, by Richard Thorn, at South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts Annual Academicians’ Exhibition at The Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter

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Hosting this year’s South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts Annual Academicians’ Exhibition is The Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter.

Located opposite Exeter Cathedral, it provides the perfect setting for a display of incredible works created by the academicians.

It opens on Tuesday, May 27, and will be on view daily from 10 am to 6pm until Friday, May 30.

The show will also include a first look at the academy’s book Art: People: Place – a celebration of the history, achievements and work of the academy and its members.

Among the artists exhibiting is Exeter-based fine artist Alan Bourne. He has selected his painting Between the Tides to put into the exhibition.

Revealing this inspiration behind the work, he said: “The painting reflects memories sailing off the coasts of Finland and Sweden, and the many islands, often remote and uninhabited, we encountered.

“The colours reflect mood rather than reality. The painting was executed exclusively in my studio.”

Also exhibiting is Tony Williams who came to painting from a background of graphics and design.

He was creative director at Rex Stuart Granger, based in Southernhay West, Exeter, during the 1980s, but coming from a family of artists he always wanted to paint full-time.

Now a prize winning artist and elected member of the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, Tony has paintings in many private collections across Europe and the UK, and has been a regular feature writer for national and international art magazines in recent years.

His work is predominately inspired by North Devon, his home since the 1960s.

He said: “I strive to find an empathising visual narrative which relates my subject into our existence. By that, I mean that a painting should stimulate in the viewer a response to the subject as well as to the technique used to describe it.

“I know what things look like and how they react to light and atmosphere, but it is often those extra little sparks of light or turns of colour which complete the decoding of the visual message.”

The academicians are mostly drawn from all over the South West and are artists of some standing in the world of painting, photography, sculpture and ceramics, glass work and other mediums.

To coincide with the exhibition, a gallery talk will be given by artist Colin Allbrook on Wednesday, May 28, at 6pm. Tickets cost £6. Call 07784 434791 or email admin@southwestacademy.org.uk

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