The Picture Gallery

The Picture Gallery is the Club’s curated exhibition and gallery space.

Located on the lower ground floor of the Pall Mall clubhouse, the Picture Gallery displays a diverse range of exhibitions throughout the year, showcasing unique works from local and international artists, illustrators and photographers.

Most exhibitions in the Picture Gallery are commercial, with works available to purchase. We also welcome submissions from members and friends of members.

For further information about purchasing an artwork or exhibiting in the Picture Gallery, please email picturegallery@royalautomobileclub.co.uk or call 01372 229640.

CURRENT EXHIBITION

Photography Activity Group
Friday 13 May to Friday 27 May

The Royal Automobile Club Photography Group has held annual exhibitions in the Mountbatten Room at Pall Mall and the Cedar Room at Woodcote Park for many years.

The next one is scheduled for the Spring of 2023 so we thought it would be good to invite our regular exhibitors to display just one or two pictures here where more people can see them.

Please note some of the pictures are available for sale.

We hope that you enjoy them and that it will whet your appetite for visiting next year’s show.

For further information, or to purchase a piece of art, please email: picturegallery@royalautomobileclub.co.uk.

RECENT EXHIBITIONS

Dr. S. D. Jouhar FRPS (1901-1963)
Vintage Fine Art Photography
Friday 25 March to Friday 13 May

Dr. Sartaj Din Jouhar was a prolific photographer from the 1930’s until he died in 1963. He was known within photographic circles as ‘The Doctor’ and he lectured and exhibited widely both in the UK and worldwide. In 1940 he became a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and in 1944 he was elected to the London Salon of Photography.

From the mid-1940’s Dr Jouhar was a strong advocate that photography should be considered as a Fine Art and eventually he founded the Photographic Fine Art Association in 1961. The P.F.A.A. held an inaugural exhibition at The Royal Festival Hall in November 1961. It was the first exhibition ever in the UK that showed photography as a Fine Art.

This current exhibition consists of original pictures printed by SDJ himself, some of which are signed and additionally some photographic prints made more recently, from his original negatives.
All pictures will be sold with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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Please click here to purchase an artwork from the Online Club Shop.

For further information about the exhibition, please email: picturegallery@royalautomobileclub.co.uk or call 01372 229640.

 

The Pastel Society: A Selection of Works

Friday 25 February to Friday 25 March

The Pastel Society, part of the Federation of British Artists (FBA), is pleased to be able to show the work of eight of its members in the Picture Gallery. The Society goes back 124 years and was founded by the artist G F Watts. Some of its early members included Whistler and Degas.

The Society champions the use of dry media such as pastel, charcoal and pencil. The work is largely figurative, but includes some abstration which can be seen in the artists works across
the exhibition.

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Please click here to purchase an artwork from the Online Club Shop.

 

Rose Gallery: Art To Live With

Curated by David Merrigan

Friday 28 January to Friday 25 February

Rose Gallery sources paintings dating from the 18th Century onwards: in oil, watercolour and other media; by artists new and known; from all over the world. One thing unites these artists: they have all produced Art To Live With – beautiful paintings that give joy to life.

This exhibition draws together paintings from (and of) four continents: Africa, Asia, Australasia and Europe, in a variety of media; and includes several living artists. We hope that you find something that inspires you!

For further information, or to purchase a piece of art, please email:
picturegallery@royalautomobileclub.co.uk.

 

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Peter Brown PNEAC, RP, ROI, Hon. RBA, PS

Friday 12 November to Friday 28 January 2022

Peter Brown is an obsessive plein air painter. Working solely in front of the subject refusing to use photographic reference, his passion for depicting everyday life and light has taken him across the world over the years. This is a small snapshot of his oeuvre from over the last five years. Peter has always recorded our everyday lives and perhaps this has been no less important than over the last two years where he continued through the pandemic.

Peter was born in Reading in 1967, studied Art at Bath College of Higher Education and Manchester Polytechnic. He now lives in Bath with his wife Lisa and five children. He is President of the New English Art Club, a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Pastel Society and an honorary member of the Royal Society of
British Artists.

Peter is represented by Messums London.

 

The Art of Motoring 2021

Monday 25 October to Sunday 7 November

Welcome to the 2021 Royal Automobile Club Art of Motoring exhibition, Britain’s premier event featuring motoring and motor racing paintings and sculpture. After last year’s virtual exhibition, the Club is delighted to be able to return to a physical show this year as part of London Motor Week. We are returning in expanded form and you will find art works in several locations, including the Hanging Gallery and the Mall Rooms with almost twenty artists displaying their works.

As ever there are many different subjects, styles and choice of materials including everything from traditional oil and water colour paints to 3D printing. For the first time we are using QR codes, so you can simply scan with your phone and check all the details of each of the works, who to contact and the price. The artists will also be happy to quote you for a commission.

The artists exhibiting are some of the top names of the genre but we are also delighted to include a few talented newcomers too. They include the former Le Mans winner and Formula 1 driver Stefan Johansson from Sweden.

The exhibition has been curated on behalf of the Club by Andrew Marriott of Pit Lane Productions and Rupert Whyte of Historic Car Art.

For further information, or to purchase a piece of art, please email: motoring@royalautomobileclub.co.uk.

 

Urban Landscapes

Richard T Rees FSAI, VPPS, SocAA

Friday 1 to Friday 29 October

Richard is an oil pastel and oil painting artist, who was formerly an architect and illustrator. This exhibition includes his work in oil pastels from 2014 to 2021 plus some recent oil paintings.

Many of Richard’s works are vibrant oil pastel images of towns and cities around the world, focusing on aspects of the built environment, such as rooftops, streets, bridges and façades, occasionally juxtaposing these with natural elements, such as water or the surrounding landscape.

Richard is the Chairman and a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Illustrators (FSAI). He is Secretary to the Society of Artists in Architecture (SocAA) and Vice President of the Pastel Society (UK). He exhibits with the Pastel Society, NEAC, the Royal Society of Marine Artists (all at the Mall Galleries) and the SocAA.

SocAA: Society of Artists in Architecture

Friday 3 September to Friday 1 October

The SocAA is delighted to be able to show the work of its members in the Royal Automobile Club Picture Gallery. It is an Art Society that brings together Architect-Artists and other Artists who enjoy architectural subject matter. Originally the SAA (Society of Architect Artists), it has broadened its membership in recent years to become more inclusive.

Members are elected by peer selection. The Society holds an Annual Exhibition at the Coningsby Gallery in Fitzrovia, usually in November. Other exhibitions such as this one, are held from time to time. Members’ work can also be seen on the Society website – www.socaa.co.uk.

The selection of works here are a typical cross-section of members’ styles and techniques. Many of the pictures on show are of architectural subjects, but some architect members choose to express themselves with other subject matters. For more details of the Society’s exhibitions, please see the website.

Racing in the Rain

Richard Neergaard

Friday 2 July to Friday 3 September

Richard’s passion has always been cars, including building a car to race and doing track days.

After studying at University of the Arts in London, Central Saint Martins and The Art Academy, Richard combined his artistic side with his passion for sports cars to integrate the engineering excellence of exotic cars with the artistic presentation to make art which projects this excellence.

He makes art with original exotic, race or classic car parts. There are a lot of “man-cave” decorations made from car parts, but his concept goes further to make real art pieces which are beautiful enough to hang in living rooms, not just a den or office, and which have interesting stories behind them. He develops his own one-off pieces but can also be commissioned if you have a car part you prefer to display artistically than leave in a box in a garage.

His pieces are displayed in the British Motor Museum and Jaguar Heritage Museum in Warwick and the Automobile Driving Museum in Los Angeles. He has been commissioned by McLaren F1, Alfa Romeo F1 and Williams F1 for works at their HQ’s.

Richard also brings the world of water to life with unique high gloss resin works including splashes, raindrops and driving in the wet. The two themes are combined in this ‘Racing in the Rain’ exhibition at the Royal Automobile Club. Despite the water theme, the face of the resin art pieces are actually waterproof, making them an outstanding choice in bathrooms and kitchens where other art might suffer from humidity or splatter.

Perfect Speed

Will Lansbury

Friday 4 June to Friday 2 July

From the painting of Malcolm Campbell pensively waiting with his Bluebird on Daytona Beach to the photograph of Mike Hawthorn powering out of Lavant Corner at Goodwood we have a rare glimpse of drivers striving for that perfection.

The posters of the Monaco Grand Prix describe the perfect glamour of the event, the spectators sipping champagne blissfully unaware of the just how close the cars are getting to the barriers as the drivers go for their perfect lap.

This is not just an exhibition of drivers striving for perfection, it is a slice of motor sport history.

Rose Gallery: Art To Live With

David Merrigan

Friday 7 May to Friday 4 June

Rose Gallery sources paintings dating from the 18th Century onwards: in oil, watercolour and other media; by artists new and known; from all over the world. One thing unites these artists: they have all produced Art To Live With – beautiful paintings that give joy to life.

This exhibition draws together paintings from (and of) four continents: Africa, Asia, Australasia and Europe, in a variety of media; and includes several living artists. We hope that you find something that inspires you!

Richard T Rees FSAI, VPPS, SocAA

Richard Rees is an oil pastel and oil painting artist, who was formerly an architect and illustrator (specialising in designing large scale city masterplans up to 2013).  This exhibition includes his work in oil pastels from 2014 – 2020 plus some recent oil paintings.

Many of Richard’s works are vibrant oil pastel images of towns and cities around the world, focusing on aspects of the built environment, such as rooftops, streets, bridges, and façades, occasionally juxtaposing these with natural elements, such as water or the surrounding landscape.  The exhibition reflects this content and also includes a few A4 oil pastel sketches prepared for larger works.

Richard is the Chairman and a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Illustrators (FSAI).  He is Secretary to the Society of Artists in Architecture (SocAA) and Vice President of the Pastel Society (UK). He exhibits with the Pastel Society, NEAC, the Royal Society of Marine Artists, (all at the Mall Galleries) and the SocAA. He has had oil paintings in the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition.   In 2015 he had a solo exhibition at Abbott and Holder in Museum Street, London, entitled ‘Patterns of Settlement’.