The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours

12 October – 12 November 2011

The Minster Gallery presents for the first time in Winchester the “Out of London” show by Members of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours.

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours is one of the oldest societies of professional watercolour painters. The Society now known as the RI was established in 1831. It was the revival of an earlier society started in 1807. Today, the RI, under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen and with HRH the Prince of Wales as Honorary Member, promotes painting in watercolours, encourages the use and development of water based mediums (acrylic, gouache, watercolour and mixed media) and presents the work of its best exponents in its annual exhibitions. The RI is based in London but its members come from all over the UK and beyond. The Minster Gallery has amongst its core artists a number of Members of the RI, many of whom are local to Hampshire and the South of England. This autumn, The Minster Gallery is presenting work by over 40 artists of the RI from all over the UK and abroad and below is a selection of the work that can be seen at The Minster Gallery until mid-November.

As is currently shown at The Minster Gallery, the masters of the medium achieve elegant, atmospheric depictions of scenes they have experienced, producing works that are technically brilliant in and displaying a wide variety of genres and style of work that make this show so exciting and contrasting. From vibrant abstract landscapes to the exquisite accuracy and softness of rural and marine scenes, along with some unique photographic talent in the use of watercolour, superb sense of colour, composition and light, highly original and appealing style using mixed media of acrylics and collage, unique and original interpretation of landscapes — some figurative, some abstract – but all a wonderful representation of the breadth of talent of the Members of the RI.