Jan Munro PS 

Artist's Statement:

My paintings are made with watercolour, acrylic, pastels and sometimes a mixture of media. I am primarily a landscape painter using both local and other UK places for inspiration. More recently I have been developing still life paintings in pastel. I love to buy a piece of pottery wherever I visit and it inspires a still life.
I aim to represent a place or thing but also to convey to the viewer my inspiration and feelings about what I am painting. I want to look beyond the reality.
Composition and design are key elements in my paintings so that there is a feeling of balance. There will always be a sense of light and space. I work hard to master the media that I use so that the painting seems to flow beyond technique and to be made with a playful curiosity and seemingly without struggle.
Enabling others to enjoy and develop their own art is a big part of my life. Weekly classes for adults take up much of term time. Often preparing a class informs a painting. They go hand in hand.
Method of Working
I like to spend time in a place, make sketches, take photos and gather as much information as I can. Paintings of landscape are mostly made in my studio from sketches made on site. If I use a photo I always make a sketch from it and use memories of that place so that I move away from the totally representational. More and more I like to paint en plain air sketches usually in watercolour. Landscapes are made in watercolour and acrylic with texture and distance in mind.
A still life is always set up in my studio. Recently I have been including landscape or place in with the still life. This can take time. I need to see it for colours, patterns and light. I then do a drawing. Pastel is the medium. I use a sanded surface in a mid or dark tone. Pastel is applied dark to light with side strokes and some layering.

Biographical Details:

Born London 11.4.1958

Lives and works Herts/Bucks area

First Career was in Nursing. 1976-1990.

Bsc Hons Human Biology: Loughborough University, 1985.

City and Guilds : Mixed Media, Life Drawing, Watercolour Diploma part 1 (Gold Medal Winner 2000).

Society Memberships

The Pastel Society

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes

The Artist Award : Look Again, The Pastel Society 2015

The Unison Award : Look Again, The Pastel Society 2015

The Annie Longley Award : The Pastel Society 2016

The Frank Herring Award : The Pastel Society 2016

The Wicked Watercolour Award : The RI 2015

Best in Show St Albans Art Society, 2006, 2007, 2015, 2016

Other Exhibitions:

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 2009, 2014, 2015, 2017

The Pastel Society 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

The Society of Women Artists 2011, 2013

Parallax : Chelsea Town Hall, 2015

Yvonne Arnaud Exhibition, Guildford, 2015

Annual Exhibitions of St Albans, Berkhamsted, Harpenden Art Societies

Open Studio, Herts, every year

Publications:

Munro, Jan : ‘ Artists to Watch’, The Pastel Journal USA, Dec 2016, p.23

Munro, Jan : ‘Colour, Shape and Space’, The Artist magazine, Nov 2015, p.12

Website:

www.janmunro.com 

 

 

Featured Artist

Roger Dellar
dellar rainy day the Strand

 ' Rainy Day, the Strand '
by 
Roger Dellar

 

Roger Dellar PS RI ROI

Roger Dellar works from his studio in Surrey. He has a keen interest in people and their behaviour, and is fascinated by the way the play of light transforms a subject; either working in the studio or plein air.
He is a member of The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, The Pastel Society, and The Royal Institute of Oil Painters. Since 1996 has been an active member of The Wapping Group. He has won numerous awards
His interest in observing people in their environments has influenced him to record and interpret them, capturing light effects.

Exhibitions:

He regularly exhibits in galleries in the UK and has had several one man exhibitions.
Represented in USA by the Peninsula Gallery Lewes Delaware.

National Exhibitions:

The Royal Water-colour Society, at the Bankside Gallery.
The Pastel Society.
The Royal Society of Marine Artists.
The New English Art Club
The Royal Institute of Painters in Water-colour.
The Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
The Royal Society of British Artists, all at the Mall Galleries London.
The Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition.
The Royal West of England Academy, at Bristol.
The Royal Academy, London.

Teaching:

He regularly tutors to Art Societies working in all mediums.
Holds a City & Guilds Teaching Certificate.
Tutoring at Dedham Hall Dedham Essex. The Watershed Studio, St Osyth, Essex.
Tutoring Workshops in Delaware USA.

Membership:

1996 elected a member of The Wapping Group of Artists.
1997 elected a member of The Chelsea Art Society.
2000 elected a member of The Langham Sketching Club.
2001 elected a member of The R.I. (The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour).
2002 elected to R.I. Council.
2003 elected a member of The Pastel Society. 2008 elected Pastel Society Council. 2011 Vice president.
2006 elected an Associate of The ROI. (The Royal Institute of Oil Painters).
2008 elected full member of the ROI. 2009 elected ROI Council.
2011 Honary President of Haslemere Art Society.

Residences:

1997 Invited Artist in Residence for the Petersfield Music Festival.
1996 - 1998 Artist in Residence at Petworth House.
2005, 2007,2009, 2011 Invited Artist in Residence for Guildford International Music Festival.
2005 Invited Artist for Festival of the Sea Portsmouth.

Awards:

1999 & 2005 R.O.I prize winner Non-Member painter award.
2000 Pastel Society Annie Longley award.
2000 Royal Watercolour Society Abbott & Holder travel award.
2002 R.O.I. The Stanley Grimm Award.
2003 Pastel Society Unison Pastel Award.
2003 R.I. Llewellyn Alexander Award.
2004 & 2006 Pastel Society Daler Rowney Award of Excellence.
2009 ROI Cornelissen Prize for Painting
2010 Pastel Society Ranelagh Press Award.
2010 The Bath Prize Best Oil Painting.
2010 ROI Le Clerc Fowle Medal
2011 Pastel Society Unison Pastel Award.
2011 Pastel Society Anthony J Lester Arts Critic Award.
2011 Pastel Society The Arts Club Award.
2011 Honary Mention Prize Plein Air Easton USA
2014 1st Prize in The Chelsea Framers Gallery Plein Air Painting Competition Painting Chelsea
2015 ROI Cornelissen & Son Prize for Painting.
2015 ROI Dartington Crystal Chalice Award.
2016 RI Neil Meacher Sketching Prize.
2016 Art in the Open Ireland Plein Air competition, Silver Award for the Competition,
and in the QUICK Draw awarded Second Place.
2016 Paint Out Norwich, Awarded Oils Second Prize.

Publications:

Featured in WATERCOLOUR INNOVATIONS by Jackie Simmonds.
Contributor to the Artist Magazine, Artist and Illustrator Magazine
Has work in collection of Surrey University.
'Painting Travels in Portugal and Spain'

Website: http://www.rogerdellar.com 

 

     


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