Roy Wright PS

Education/Career

"Many of my recent drawings have been concerned with depicting the trees I see on my walks in Richmond Park, Kew and the surrounding area.   I feel inspired by the physical and powerful presence of these beautiful natural forms.   I'm often drawn to the bark of an old oak or try to capture, for example, snow clinging to the trunks and branches after snow storms.   There is a great satisfaction that can be gained from hours spent in close scrutiny of a tree.   There is something extraordinary about the relationship between ourselves and trees.   The need to be close to nature, walking through forests renewing our spirits with their beauty and the constantly changing seasons."

Roy has taken part in many group shows, including the Cheltenham Open Drawing, Drawings & Watercolours Fair, New English Art Club, Laing Landscape Competition , Messum's, London Art Fair, 20/21 British Art Fair, Art DC Washington USA, Hunting Art Prizes, AA Fair NYC New York, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Roman Black Gallery, Thompson's, Martin's Gallery, Art on Paper Fair, Fine Art & Antiques Fair, Kew Gardens Gallery, Art London, Southampton City Art Gallery, Art Melbourne Australia, Orleans House Gallery and the RA Summer Exhibitions of 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2011 (shortlisted 2008 and 2010).

Awards:

2011 - The Daler Rowney Award (Pastel Society)
2009 - The Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award (Pastel Society)
2003 - Elected as a member of the Pastel Society
2002 - Willie Hoffmann-Guth Award (Pastel Society)
2002 - Award for most popular work in "Arcadia in the City" exhibition
2001 - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition award for a drawing of a work of architecture
1999 - Cross Gate Gallery, USA, Award (Pastel Society)
1988 - Graphic Artist of the Year (British Press Awards)
1987 - Graphic Artist of the Year (British Press Awards)Member - The Royal Society of British Artists

Member – The Pastel Society. Elected as President in 2012.

Other Information:

'Oak Tree, Spring' 2007 charcoal drawing chosen to be illustrated on greetings cards sold through the Royal Academy of Arts shops 2007/08/09/10/11/12 (Canns Down Press for RA Enterprises).

'You Can Never Hold Back Spring IV' 2011 charcoal drawing image selected for postcards to be sold through the Royal Academy of Arts shops 2011/12 (for RA Enterprises).

Works in many corporate, public and private collections including:
The Open University, Liberty Syndication (Boston, USA), BHF Charterhouse CCF, Merrill Lynch British Collection, Richmond & Twickenham Arts Council, Donald Nowicki (Art acquisitions Ralph Lauren), Harrogate Borough Arts Council, Countess of Perth, Lady Langley, Heather Binney (Natural Climate Variability & Global Warming), Annabel Allot (Soil Association), Evans Property Holdings Plc, Black Family Investments, Nikki & Martin Bailie (Glue Isobar), Christos Katsivelis (Withers LLP), Terence Faulkner (CEO Leathams Ltd), Jonathan Paine (NM Rothchild), Stephen Wiener (CEO Cineworld Cinemas), Richard Gillingwater CBE, Herschel Post MBE, Elizabeth & Charlie Mayfield (Chairman John Lewis Partnership), Richard Todd QC, Terry Gilliam, Cath Kidston MBE.

Contact Details:

Contact details: e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  tel: 020 8940 8459  website:www.roywright.co.uk

 

 

 

Featured Artist

Matthew Draper
Draper Matthew Illuminated A View of Tantallon castle with The Bass Rock Homage to Alexander Naysmith

 ' Illuminated - A View of Tantallon Castle with the Bass Rock - Homage to Alexander Naysmith '
by
Matthew Draper

 

Matthew Draper PS

Education/Career

1973  Born Stone Staffordshire
1991-1992  Walsall College of Art
1992-1995  Falmouth College of Art

Artist’s Statement

I identify myself principally as a draughtsman; drawing being the most unencumbered and immediate form of image-making. My work is made with an intense and energetic immediacy, working instinctively rather than methodically, keeping me physically and emotionally involved in the process. I crush soft pastel in my hands rubbing the dust into the paper in wide sweeps of colour gradually manipulating the material to build up a thick layered surface using the ball of my thumb or the heel of my hand.
I am interested in and influenced by the dramatic imagery of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century painting. I admire the idea of the contemplation of landscape in the Romantic spirit, found in the work of the German Romantics like Casper David Frederick and the notion of the grandeur of the landscape as expressed in the work of the American Subliminal Painters like Sanford Robinson Gifford and Frederick Edwin Church. These artists adopted the term ‘Luminism’, defined as light in the landscape and the effect that light has on the landscape and objects within it.
As a contemporary artist choosing to adopt this approach to light in the landscape, my interest is not to make straight forward topographical images that are illustrations of place. Instead I am attempting to make imagery that is descriptive of the circumstances under which the subject is viewed; images which convey a sense of place. The drawings are emotional reactions to events and experiences evolving in front of me; events happening or about to happen. The images become like fading memories or captured moments in time. The making of the work is in itself a set of actions and events which creates a harmony between my process and my interpretation of the subject.

Societies:

Member – The Pastel Society.

Awards:

2011  Visitors Choice Award, National Art Open Exhibition, Chichester.
2011  Regional Prize, National Open Art Exhibition, Chichester.
2011  Elected Member of the Pastel Society UK, Federation of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London.
2010  City of Glasgow Prize, Royal Glasgow Institute of the fine Arts.
2010  Connell and Connell prize, Scottish Society of Artists, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
2008  Shell Premium Award, Aberdeen Artists, Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery.
2007  Chairman’s Purchase Prize, Discerning Eye Exhibition, London.
2004  Most popular work in the exhibition, Hunting Art Prizes.
2000  Alexander Graham Munro Travel Award, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour.

Collections:

Bank of Scotland
City of Edinburgh, City Art Centre, Jean F Watson Bequest Fund.
Glasgow Museum and Art Gallery, Kelvin Grove Glasgow.
Paintings in Hospitals Scotland.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2013  ‘Northern Light’ Lemon Street Gallery, Truro.
2012  'Time Lapses' Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh
2011  ‘New Pastels’ Beaux Arts, Bath.
2010  ‘Festival Exhibition’ Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.
2009  ‘In Series’ Lemon Street Gallery, Truro.
2008  ‘Luminism’ Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.
2006  ‘Time and Place’ Beaux Arts, Bath.
2005  ‘Nostalgia’ Lemon Street Gallery, Truro.
2000  ‘Night Life’ The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2008  Aberdeen Artists, Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery.
2007  Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.
2007  Salon 2007, ‘New British Paintings and Works on Paper’ Portobello Road, London.   
2006  ‘Roter Salon’ Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
2006  The Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London and touring of the UK.
2006  ‘Best of British’ Chelsea Art Gallery, Palo Alto, California.
2002  The Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College of Art, London.
2004  The Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College of Art, London.
1999  Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition, touring to:
          The European Drawing Collection Hull, Karl Hofer Gesellschaft,
          The Western Banhof Charlottenburgh, Berlin.

Contact Details:

Website Address: www.matthewjdraper.co.uk
E-mail: matt.draper1@hotmail.co.uk

 

     


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