Our Prize Exhibition features some of the most exciting artists working today, including a wealth of female names to celebrate… here is a selection of works by women artists.
It feels particularly appropriate to be celebrating the work of female artists in the centenary year of the suffrage victory, the Representation of the People Act.
Women have held key roles at the RBSA for decades, and you can read more about our past presidents and leading artists.
You can discover the full range of contemporary works at the Prize Exhibition by visiting in person. Our Gallery staff will be happy to help you with any enquiries, and with a show as varied as the Prize, you may well find a work of art that’s perfect to take home!
The inspiration for my paintings comes from the ancient mining landscape of Cockfield Fell. I use elements of what I see and combines these with my imagination…
I am fascinated by this landscape’s strange other-worldly, abstract shapes. Its pools, pathways, mounds, dips and curves are my motifs. I draw and then apply layers of paint until a painterly world emerges which celebrates this landscape.
October Day and Winter Sky Over Fell were both painted during Autumn and winter 2017 and formed part of a body of semi abstract work based on observations of the Fell when out on early morning walks.
Remember those days when every street corner had its own corner shop? In Christchurch, New Zealand they still do – for some reason they call them “dairies” despite pies being the most popular product. The store beckons us; a beacon of red in the night and it owes much to one of my early influences – Edward Hopper.
Breathing in Time and Backwards Barefoot rely on natural rhythms to explore issues relating to freedom, escape, and representation. They belong to Liminal Interludes, a series of drawings I made on a craggy Cornish cove in 2016, and take as initial impetus Italian poet Eugenio Montale’s first collection: Ossi di Seppia (Cuttlefish Bones), sometimes likened to T.S.Eliot’s The Waste Land.
Montale’s sense of metaphysical edges and the pull between stasis and freedom resonates with me very profoundly and is something I begin to find visual expression for in these drawings.
Seeking a pure rhythmic balance, on the fine edge between abstraction and representation, for me these drawings inhabit a “realm of pure possibility”. Fluid, dynamic, eccentric, they respond to the sounds and rhythm of the sea and search for an absolute expression beyond representation – akin to the moments of light and epiphany which punctuate Montale’s Ossi di Seppia.
Much of my work derives from spoken or written pieces. This one is a fragment of text from Aeschylus’ story of Agamemnon in which he describes the effect of lightning on the sea. The technique of woven tapestry allows mixing and layering of colour and shape.
I made this work using torn and cut paper from various glossy Sunday supplements or RSPB and gardening magazines that would usually end up in the recycling bin.
It was inspired by a photograph I took of two women deep in conversation one morning in Kochi, Kerela, and is one of a series of collages I have done of women working, mostly from photographs taken in places like India and Bhutan. I was inspired to do collages after watching a demonstration by Petra Rohr-Rouendaal.
I also work in other media including acrylics, watercolours and printing.
Visit the Prize Exhibition Soon
These works are on show as part of the Prize Exhibition which runs until 23 June. The RBSA stages the show every year, providing an opportunity for a wide variety of artists to show their artwork.
With a top prize of £1,000 competition is fierce and artworks range across jewellery, ceramics, textiles, drawing, painting, and printmaking.
Many works are for sale.