Going back to its roots this stunning exhibition of contemporary watercolours shows just how radical the art form is and just why it set the art world alight 200 years ago. Then it was contemporary, cutting edge, challenging and revolutionary as well as artistic, just the qualities that The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours celebrate in their show New Original Watercolours 17 at Horsham Museum and Art Gallery.
Artists such as Rosa Sepple RI (the current RI President) reveal just how modern watercolours are; they show that whilst the watercolours, such as La Serenata can look naive, they are multi-layered with fascinating narrative, complex colour pallet and humour. Or the paintings by Naomi Tydeman RI, whose sense of colour, perspective, understanding of the medium and feel for the seaside create masterpieces of great beauty which draw the visitor in to the Tenby Skyline. Ian Sidaway RI Levans Hall VI which will also be on display amongst the 80 paintings shows how the modern watercolour artist is stretching the bounds of techniques; whilst Deborah Walker RI displays different style to reflect the Inlet. Some of the art shows how use of the pallet can create a real sense of the object, from its three-dimensional shape to the texture: a brilliant example of this is Lillias August RI Ancient vessels.
Founded in 1831, the year before the Great Reform Act when radicalism was in the air the rich and varied history of the Royal Institute is matched by the depth and quality of the watercolours on show at Horsham.
Queen Victoria awarded the title 'Royal' in 1885 and today Her Majesty the Queen is Patron and HRH Prince of Wales is an Honorary Member. Usually exhibiting in central London, at the very heart of the art world, for Horsham’s Festival of the Watercolour, a 2 month long celebration of the medium the R.I. have graciously accepted the offer to exhibit at the Museum and Art Gallery. It is a show that you will not want to miss. It will be one of the cultural events of the year in Sussex. The Museum would like to thank Toovey's for their support of the Festival.