Solo shows at the RBSA: three ‘must-see’ women artists you won’t want to miss…

Female artists spanning several generations and disciplines are on show at the RBSA in July and August.

As one of the oldest art societies in the UK, we have supported artists by offering them exhibition space for more than 200 years!

And 2019 is no exception, with a host of major exhibitions and solo shows. It’s on our ground floor that you’ll find a constant flow of artistic talent as we offer space to single artists to exhibit their work.

So why not visit soon and see who you could discover? Most of the art on show is for sale, and our friendly staff will be happy to help you should you wish to make a purchase.

Heinke Jenkins
Migrants
15 July – 7 Sept

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A series of nine lino-cut prints charting the perilous journeys made by migrants.

Heinke was born in Heilbronn, West Germany, just before the outbreak of World War II, moving to Britain in 1961. She studied painting at the University of Stuttgart under Mannfred Henninger, but switched to graphic design and illustration. Heinke went on to specialise in printing and lino-cuts, staying true to the traditions of her native Germany despite there not being much of a printmaking scene in the UK at the start of her career.

She maintained links with her hometown through the Heilbronn Artists’ Association, and also showed at the Royal Academy in London.

Her work is haunted by the aftermath of war, with frequent allusions to control, brutality, displacement and escape.



Mathé Shepheard
Japan Revisited in the Mind
Until 17 August

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View watercolour and Indian Ink paintings inspired by Mathé’s travels to Japan twenty years ago.

She originally qualified in Ceramics and Glass with a thesis on Victorian Stained Glass. For several years she produced ceramics for sale and designs for companies as well as individual glass pieces.

Later, Mathé became a part-time lecturer in History of Art at Birmingham City University. Since she retired she has concentrated on two-dimensional work in watercolour and ink.
Used freely, they allow her to express her response to nature and its mystery of space and time.

Mathé has gone through periods working intensively on flowers, individually and in groups, and on trees – which can be near-realistic or semi-abstract. Other aspects of her work derive from landscape, sky and water responding to a free combination of watercolours and inks.



Olivia Peake
Until 10 August

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An exploration of geometry, light and colour, blurring the boundaries between painting, sculpture and architecture.

Olivia presents a paused moment in her practice that unveils transitions between colour, paint and support, fuelled with a curiosity of geometry and light.

Olivia was our recent New Art West Midlands winner.

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