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Figurative art show opens

Winchester is to host an exhibition by members of the prestigious Royal Society of British Artists for the first time.

The show opens on 23 February at The Minster Gallery and will feature work by twenty current members of the 194-year-old society including Royal Academicians Ken Howard OBE and Fred Cuming and honorary member Andrew Marr, the writer and broadcaster (pictured).

The RBA is the largest society in the UK to promote figurative art. It is, along with the Royal Academy, one of the oldest societies of British artists. Ines Graham, Director of The Minster Gallery, explains: “The exhibition will showcase the diversity of styles and subjects explored by members of the RBA”.

The range of artists on display includes Ken Howard OBE RA, Fred Cuming RA and Peter Brown and Nicholas Verrall who are known for their unique ability to capture and paint light. Visitors will be able to see distinctive landscapes and seascapes by Malcolm Ashman, Sue Campion and Stephen Brown and discover light through interiors in John Spakes’ work. The current President of the RBA, Nicholas Tidnam, says he is delighted that the RBA is to have a show in Winchester.

Founded in 1823, the RBA’s first members were among the most famous artists of the time. In 1887 the society was granted ‘Royal’ status by Queen Victoria. In the following years, many other well-known artists joined including Walter Sickert, Philip de Laszlo, LS Lowry and Henry Moore. Among the honorary members were French impressionist Claude Monet and Belgian artist Alfred Stevens.

The RBA exhibition at The Minster Gallery opens on 23 February and continues until 30 March.

The Minster Gallery is situated off The Square in Winchester. It is open from 10am until 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday.


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