Wednesday, 8 July 2009

RA Summer Exhibition

This morning we headed to the Royal Academy with Bea and Jackie. Last night we had a preview by watching the BBC review of the exhibition. Some great paintings and sculptures and some rubbish. The first Damien Hirst I have liked, a gruesome subject but brilliantly done (man with skin peeled off in stainless steel). My favourites were Black, a great bear bronze by Nicola Hicks. Metroland by Gail Brodholt (interior of a tube train, linocut), Come Dancing, by Allen Jones RA (oil), From Malin Head – Tory Island by Norman Ackroyd RA (etching), Beachscape, Sutherland by Donald Hamilton RA (screenprint), A Winter in the Hills by David Carpanini (etching), The Turquoise Necklace by Chrissie Birchall (oil), No Glove, No Love by Peter Oloya (bronze wall hanging of 5 seed pods), To have and to hold from this day forward by Paul Brooking (fabulous photo of a girl in a brown landscape with tank on right), Second Sight by Michael de Bono (top of my list – oil) Looking through the mirror by Ben Levene RA (oil)

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