Tessa Spanton SWA Artist, tutor, writer


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Wednesday, 1 August 2018

The Summer Exhibition Royal Academy 2018 Part 2

 'Aqua Alta ' I liked this painting by Ken Howard of St Marks Venice for its reflections after one of the high tides that flood the square.

It was in gallery three, the one Grayson Perry put together and he says in the video on the RA's website that this gallery is 'the one with a curent affairs political vibe going on' and there was plenty of that mostly in a really subtle way. I didn't have much battery left in my phone so I have only a few photos and the 2 I photograhed that are from that gallery aren't in that category. You can see all 1300 works on the RA website.

'Falmouth on a Windy Day' Philip Sutton RA   £46.000
 I like this painting of Falmouth for the lively sky and the loosely painting buildings on the right. They are almost abstract. It reminds me of my visits to Falmouth when the tall ships visited.

I love this fun and imaginative piece! The curly coat on the head is made from little wire coils or springs of different sizes. The shaved parts look as if wire has been wrapped around. The rest of the poodle is a wild extravaganza of colourful bling. Lots of jewellery findings, even some coins.

Rufus 3rd Timothy Blewitt
(sorry I didn't spot Gnasher by the same artist)

Red Bear Debbie Lawson  £14,500
Another fun piece! An upholstered bear on a rug. On first sight I assumed it was a tiger.

A staggeringly good read!!!

and finally Grayson Perry's enormous 'Selfie with political causes'  £51,600

The summer exhibition is on at The Royal Academy until August 19th details here