Last week I was fortunate to have a painting on display in the 70th annual open from the Chelsea Art Society. The week-long exhibition, held in the beautiful Chelsea Old Town Hall, attracts around 1000 entries each year, from which approximately 500-600 are selected for exhibition. From their website:
Founded in 1910, The Chelsea Art Society is the oldest and sole survivor of the many art groups that blossomed in the area around that period. Rossetti and Turner began the trend to settle in Chelsea in the mid 19th Century, followed by Whistler, Sickert, Augustus John and John Singer Sargent. Amongst the group was Sir James Dromgole Linton, a frequent exhibitor at the Royal Academy and an Honorary member of the Scottish Water Colour Society. He chose Chelsea as the place to found an art group to exhibit annually.
This is my first year of trying to exhibit with the prestigious art group, and I was thrilled to be told that my chicken painting, An Ashdown Moment, was selected for display.
Last Thursday night I went up for the private view, the first time I’d seen all of the works of art together, and thought it looked fantastic – there were some really super paintings. I found there was a predominance of still life and landscape but very wide ranging within those loose terms.
Funnily enough, it’s the second time I’ve shown a piece of work in this venue this year – the first during Pintar Rapido back in the summer. Let’s see what a year of painting can produce – I very much hope to be in such good company again in other years.