Today I visited The Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. I deliberately sought out texture in paintings as I was on this part of the module.
This had a very fine texture to the canvas and looking closely the paint had been applied with a kind of dry brush technique over this texture with gave the lovely softness to the scene, no hard edges, definition achieve with colour not line.
This was painted wood panel, which I hadn’t seen before with tiny boats strategically placed to look like they are on the water.
One of my favourite paintings in the Exhibition, oil, acrylic, liquid leaf metal, photographic trace on prepared tarpaulin. Texture and unusual ground gave amazing life to the painting, close up it was lovely but the fullest effect was from the other side of the gallery. The size of the painting really emphasised the subject.
Although no texture involved here, I was drawn to these because of the colours. they manage to look Chinese, even though there is not actual representation of anything, the strokes and shapes somehow make you feel that your seeing something.
An acrylic painting, unfortunately my photograph doesn’t show the texture very well, but I found it very calm to look at and soft colours. What drew me to it also was the realisation that the application of the paint being so free and not trying to portray anything particular, which is something I need to start working more on myself. There is a fine pink circle which I felt crucial to the painting, I felt it wouldn’t have had the same emphasis without that small line.
Encaustic wax on linen and collage. A lot of texture, holes and collage.
This was my favourite. Very clever use of oil on linen. There was splashing, dripping and some areas of dragging of comb like shapes and a perfect straight line. This landscape was not a landscape but appeared to be one. Close up its a series of splashes and shapes. I wondered if the artist had had an view in mind or was representing one she knew or was it created as it grew. I’d love to have been able to find out the process. The lime green diagonal line appears like a road with maybe traffic creating the light. A town one side and fields and landscape the other.
I made a note of this paintings as it was done in oils and yet looks watercolour, showing how you can use the right solvent and achieve a very loose drippy oil work.
A work done on plaster and therefore gouged and scratched, a very simple shading and four main lines that gave it a plane and vague appearance of a scene.
Made with oil and pigment. I assume that the pigment was sprinkled after the carved or scratched lines which emphasises their edges, making them stand out more.
Made in silicone and fibreglass this is huge and horrifying.
This was texture to the max. Acrylic, charcoal, emulsion and oil on canvas. Huge painting, incredible depth of paint. Unfortunately I don’t know the translation of the title but this appears to be a reflection in water, until you step right back and there is an artists palette in the top of the work. I tried to get a close up showing the depth of the paint and the cracking, but unfortunately its blurred.
The exhibition has over 1,000 works, professional artists next to amateur and is inspiration from that point but absolutely exhausting to walk round and I am glad that I took a particular focus. To try and see everything would have taken hours.