Ever since the Medical Art Society was founded in 1935 the most important event of the year has been the Annual Exhibition. This is open to Members and Temporary Members ( who are related to members and pay an extra fee to enter works).
71st Annual Exhibition 2015Once again the exhibition was held in the Royal Society atrium, under the gaze of the bronze heads of the Baron and Baroness der Heyden de Lancey. Without their generous bequest we should not be able to afford to have this beautiful space for a week.
Seventy four pictures, 23 "browsers" and 9 three dimensional works were shown. There were 9 sales. The general quality of the exhibition seems to get better and better, and this one was the most varied and colourful in recent years. The Private View was lively, with representatives from the Royal College of General Practitioners attending. Seven members exhibited for the first time and two new members joined. The Private View was preceded by the AGM and followed by the Annual Dinner.
The judges found it so hard to reach a decision that they each divided their respective prizes Judge Roger Dellar ROI RI PS gave the Baron's Prize for Two Dimensional work jointly to John Powley for his oil Southwold Harbour and to Feza Erkeller for her etching Black Cat. He commended Robin Souter's oil study of waves dashing on a rocky shore Droskyn Point and Anthea Bond's drawing Willows.
Dick Onians, carver in wood and stone, gave the Baron's Prize for Three Dimensional work jointly to Sally Joyston-Bechal for her Coil in plaster and to Johnny Wakeham for his terracotta Hampstead Head. He praised Michael Mars' ceramic Blue Carp and John Price's bronze Nursing Sister.
Breadth of vision was a feature of the prizes awarded by our generous patron Tom Coates. He chose Johnny Wakeham's life drawings (a remarkable achievement to be a prizewinner in both categories and an indication of Johnny's versatile skills) and the work of Pat Good, who never stops developing and exploring.
A special exhibit was made of the work of Mair Livingstone (1920 - 2015 ) winner of the first Baron's Prize for 3D work.
70th Annual Exhibition 2014This was once again held in the Atrium (beautifully sunlit), of the Royal Society of Medicine in Wimpole Street, London W1. There were 60 framed pictures, 13 three-dimensional works and 22 browsers. The Baron's Prize for 2D work was awarded by Mick Kirkbride of the New English Arts Club (www.michael-kirkbride.co.uk) to Sushma Sabnis for her oil painting Divine Lake. The judge for 3D work was Briony Marshall, a young sculptor with an impressive CV. She has a science background and her work reflects her interest in chemistry and biology. See her website (www.briony.com) to find out about her residency and one-woman show at the Pangolin Gallery. Briony chose Michael Mars' Head of Leon Gerlis in bronze with a green patina. Our patron Tom Coates again most generously chose his own favourite for a prize, Irises by young doctor Ni Yi. He also had a soft spot (didn't we all?) for John Loveday's young card players in Top Trumps. A nice observation is that all three prizewinners have joined within the past three years.
It is thanks to the bequest of Baron der Hayden de Lancey that we are able to exhibit a number of both hung pictures and standing works in such a large and handsome space in a prestigious building central London. Certainly the cost of hiring a comparable gallery would be beyond the means of the MAS. The sales (7 during the week of the exhibition) are free of commission, so it is worth artists bearing this in mind when setting a realistic price on their work.
69th Annual Exhibition 2013The 69th Annual Exhibition was held from 15th to 20th July 2013 in the Atrium of the Royal Society of Medicine in Wimpole Street, London W1. The exhibition attracted 57 two-dimensional framed works, 12 three-dimensional works and 24 browsers.
The Baron's Prize for 2D work was awarded by Ken Howard OBE RA to Peter Clarkson for his watercolour Blue Door, Dordogne, and for 3D work the award was made by Guy Portelli RBA ARBS to Sally Joyston-Bechal for her soapstone carving Faces. The Patron's Prize was awarded by Tom Coates to new member Ailsa McKay for her two exquisite little portraits Aidan and Caroline.
68th Annual Exhibition 2012
2012 Annual Exhibition SlideshowThis was again held in the Atrium of the Royal Society of Medicine and was well attended. There were 56 framed two-dimensional works, 11 three-dimensional works and 12 browsers exhibited.
The Baron's prizes were awarded by Mary Jackson to Feza Erkeller-Yuksel for her group of paintings and by Alexis Van El to John Wolfe for his bronze resin head Michael. Mary also admired Reg Howard's linocuts and Shirley Gumpel's beautiful flower studies. Alexis was most impressed by the quality of the three-dimensional work and was able to comment on the merits of each. The Patron's Prize was awarded by Tom Coates to Pat Mortimer for her painting June 2012 and the Hugh-Jones prize by consent of the judges to Peter Lavender for his painting The Anatomy Lesson.
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