You’ll find ceramics, sculpture, textiles, landscapes, seascapes, and fine art prints at our current exhibition showcasing the diverse talents of the RBSA Members and Associates.
You can learn more about the works at our Flickr page, and then find out more when you visit the gallery, which is just off St Paul’s Square in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.
We can advise on anything from how to display works at home, to framing, to commissioning a new work by one of our artists. Read on to find out more about some of the artists in the show…
‘My work isn’t colourful in a non-figurative way as in yellow sky or blue grass, but when the sky is blue it is very blue, and when the grass is green, it’s very green indeed.
‘Drawing is the key element in anything I’ve done since leaving college but the creative process is all about the changes that happen between the scene that’s in front of you and the work that will result.
‘It always surprises me. Drawing is an aide memoir. It provokes what happens next. I’m quite figurative in general, but my work can jump from symbolic and quite abstract to highly figurative.
‘Each one of my pieces of work can lead to editions of ten or 20 and every single one may be slightly different. That is part of the printmaking craft, they are handmade; cut by hand, inked up and pushed through a press.’
‘First I must sit quietly, observe and understand the sea and all its moods and be aware of the changing weather conditions. It is important to look hard at the relationship between the sky and sea.
‘I then begin to sketch, quickly working to capture the mood and atmosphere as light changes so rapidly. It is also important to make notes and gather as much information as possible, especially with reference to colour, allowing me to reconnect with the subject back in the studio.
‘I’ve always used a direct approach. I remember I did my first drawing when I was nine years old and used to travel around the countryside on a bicycle. I captured the landscape with the chimneys and things like that. It felt like I’d acquired a new pair of eyes!
‘And since my mid-20s I’ve always painted on site. When I was busy looking after my children as well as working a full-time job, I began painting on site in dim light, using a paraffin pressure lamp. I am inspired by the Impressionists and the Barbizon painters, but also by English landscape painters like Constable and Turner.
‘While it might not be obvious from my paintings, I’m particularly inspired by Rembrandt and his spirituality. Just as Rembrandt attempted to capture the “spirit” of his portrait sitters, I try to capture the spirit of the landscapes I paint.’
John Maule-ffinch has been painting since 2013 and is inspired by Joseph Zbukvic and latterly Chien Chung-Wei, who both developed individual loose styles.
He is essentially self-taught, taking up watercolour painting after retirement. A city-boy at heart, he is most comfortable working on urban scenes.
The ambition is to say more with less and always looser!
Our Members and Associates Exhibition is on until December 24… so there’s plenty of time to find that perfect Christmas gift.
With most works of art for sale, this annual showcase of the lifeblood of the RBSA is an ideal opportunity to find that unique Christmas gift.
You’ll find a beautiful selection of landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, portraits, sculptures, abstracts, prints and more! Read on to find out more about the artists behind some of the beautiful works in this year’s exhibition…
How to Buy
We take a deposit or full payment at the gallery, and you can arrange to collect your work once the exhibition is over. If you can’t make it to an exhibition, call us on 0121 236 4353 or email email@example.com
Visit the RBSA Gallery and find a host of Christmas gifts away from the crowds…