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Newly Elected Members - 2024

Congratulations to our newly elected members. Brief details are given below; click the image for full biographical details...

Rachel Arif MAFA ASWA

Rachel is an award-winning artist originally from Rochdale, Lancashire. She currently lives in London with her husband and two children. She is a regular exhibitor at Mall Galleries, where she has shown her work alongside The Royal Society of British Artists, NEAC, the SWA and The Pastel Society, each on several occasions.

Rachel is better known for her atmospheric sea and landscapes, which are gestural, heartfelt and emotional.

Richard Baker

Richard Baker (b. 1971) lives and works in Leeds, UK. He holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Leeds Metropolitan University and an MA in Creative Practice from Leeds Arts University. His work has been exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, including at museums in China, The San Francisco Arts Institute, the National Museum of Poland in Gdansk, the Mall Galleries, London, and the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Richard Baker’s small to medium scale oil paintings depict mid-century furniture and sometimes clothing, or other items. Reimagined from found photographs, these unpeopled and modestly scaled works invite the viewer to consider the hidden human histories behind seemingly insignificant objects.

Lisa Graa Jensen RI

Lisa loves painting people and animals involved in everyday life and domestic activities in a colourful and cheerful way. A few years living in rural France and on a narrowboat provide many an inspiration. Now based in Wimbledon, rows of terraced homes and allotments, horse riding and dog walking on the Common are current themes.

She went to Camberwell School of Art obtaining a BA with Honours. Elected to the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours in 1996 and the Society of Graphic Fine Artists in 2015.

Rosalind Robinson RWA SWA

Studied Fine Art at Hornsey College of Art and Waltham Forest School of Art 1968 - 1972. Went on to train as a Scenic Artist at BBC Television Centre in White City before pursuing a long career as a mural painter, working throughout the UK, the Channel Islands, Italy and Sweden.

Now paints exclusively from her studio in Wiltshire making paintings concerned with the direct gaze and the emotive qualities of facial expressions, posing questions about time and place and suggesting a narrative.

Ivy Smith

My work is mainly about people, but also still-life and landscape, particularly the watery landscape of East Anglia. I work in oils, watercolour and print (linocut and etching), underpinned by drawing.

I studied at Chelsea and the Royal Academy Schools (RA Gold Medal), and live in Norfolk.

May 2024

Group Exhibition - Mandell's Gallery

Our next group exhibition is being hosted by Mandell's Gallery in Norwich, Norfolk.

20th of April to the 18th of May 2024
Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm

Mandell's Gallery
Elm Hill
Norfolk NR3 1HN

February 2024

Group Exhibition - Panter & Hall

Panter & Hall are hosting a Small Paintings Group Exhibition later this year. The artist PJ Crook MBE RWA FRSA will be exhibiting with us as an invited artist.

Located in the heart of London in Pall Mall this prestigious gallery has, over the last 20 years, "forged a solid reputation for dealing in art and artists of talent and value".

29th of November to the 22nd of December 2023

Panter & Hall
11 - 12 Pall Mall
London SW1Y 5LU

September 2023

Caroline McAdam Clark - Tidal Surge

An exhibition that celebrates the Suffolk Coast whilst lamenting the advance of the North Sea. Beneath the sea, lie the remains of Dunwich and countless vessels lost to storms and battles. All these themes are explored in this exhibition.

8th to the 24th of September 2023

Dovecote Studio, Snape Maltings
Oxford IP17 1SP

August 2023

Sarah Spackman - Objective Beauty

Sarah has a solo show with Sarah Wiseman called 'Objective Beauty'.

7th to the 30th of September 2023

Sarah Wiseman Gallery
40-41 South Parade
Oxford OX2 7JL

August 2023

Bob Brown 1936 - 2023

It is with sadness and regret that we have to announce the death of Bob Brown NEAC. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Sue, and family.

Bob was a member of The Small Paintings Group for many years and had recently retired from active participation with us.

Remembrances of Bob from fellow artists can be found on a Memorial Page on the NEAC website.

July 2023

Linda Sutton - Amphitrite and other Stories

Linda has a solo exhibition at La Galleria Amantea in Calabria. Called "'Amphitrite and other Stories", the exhibition is open from the 5th to the 12th of August 7:30 pm until midnight.

La Galleria Amantea

July 2023

Louise Diggle

Louise is showing 6 works at the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition at Mall Galleries in London.

24th of May to 3rd of June

Mall Galleries

...and 4 works with the Chelsea Art Society Annual Exhibition at Chelsea Old Town Hall in Kings Road, London.

14th to 19th of June (Closes at 2pm on last day)

Chelsea Art Society

...and 6 works with the Wapping Group of Artists at 340 Kings Road, London SW3.

9th to 22nd of July

Wapping Group of Artists

May 2023

Francis Bowyer

Francis is participating in the 'Artists at Home' annual open studios scheme, hosted in Gainsborough Road in Chiswick. Follow the link below for more details...

16th to 18th of June

Artists at Home - Studio 35

May 2023

Julia Heseltine 1933 - 2023

Julia Heseltine, until recently a member of the group, has sadly died.

April 2023

SPG Exhibition at Geedon Gallery

The Small Paintings Group will be exhibiting at Geedon Gallery in their Spring 2023 Exhibition.

1st to the 16th of April and then by appointment until the 15th of May. Open daily 11am to 5:30pm

Geedon Gallery
Essex CO5 7DN

January 2023

Ken Howard OBE RA RWS RBA PPNEAC (1932 - 2022)

It is with sadness and regret that we have to announce the death of Ken Howard.

Ken died at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro on the 11th of September following a bad fall at his home in Mousehole.

We were so lucky to have him in the Small Paintings Group - a brilliant painter and an exceptionally kind and generous man who encouraged so many others. He will be missed hugely.

September 2022

Presence - Sarah Spackman

'Presence' is Sarah's first solo show with Tregony Gallery in Cornwall.

3rd of September to 15th of October 2022

Tregony Gallery
58 Fore Street
Cornwall TR2 5RW

September 2022

Linda Sutton - Solo Exhibition

Linda has a solo exhibition at Palazzo Asciutti in Caulonia, a comune in the Italian region of Calabria.

20th to the 28th of August.

August 2022

Ebb and Flow - John Crossley

John will be exhibiting at a solo show of paintings and screenprints, 'Ebb and Flow', at Eames Fine Art in London during August and early September.

4th of August to the 4th of September.

Eames Fine Art
58 Bermondsey Street
London SE1 3UD
0207 407 1025

July 2022

Open Studios - Sarah Spackman

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Oxford Artweeks. Having been unable to open her studio to the public over the past two years, Sarah is particularly looking forward to being part of the festival and opening her studio to the public.

In the studio there will be oil paintings on display, alongside unframed drawings, watercolours and other work on paper. This year Sarah is fundraising for Dementia UK, and 10% of any sales of works on paper will go to this hardworking charity.

7th/8th and 14th/15th of May 2022
11am to 6pm

Edith Road Workshops
Edith Road
Oxford OX1 4QB

May 2022

The Jerram Gallery - Francis Bowyer

Francis is sharing an exhibition with Robert E. Wells at the Jerram Gallery this summer. Of his work Francis says, “Light and colour play an important part in my paintings. The brief moment captured. A richness and enjoyment of colour is always at the heart of the subjects that I am attracted to.” His work includes paintings of children on the beach at Walberswick, Suffolk, interiors of Parisian restaurants and more recently studio interiors.

25th of June to the 13th of July.

The Jerram Gallery
Half Moon Street
Dorset, DT9 3LN
01935 815261

April 2022

Piers Feetham Gallery - Celebrating 40 Years at 475 Fulham Road

Some of our members will be showing work in this Piers Feetham Gallery exhibition which celebrates a presence of forty years at 475 Fulham Road in London. This will be the final show at this gallery; after that Piers Feetham Gallery will continue online with periodic pop-up shows in London and Aldeburgh.

29th March to 13th April 2022

Piers Feetham Gallery
475 Fulham Road
London SW6 1HL
020 7381 3031

March 2022

February 2022

Piers Feetham Gallery - The SPG Annual London Exhibition

The Small Paintings Group annual London exhibition will be on show at Piers Feetham Gallery from December through to January 2022 with a break for Christmas and New Year.

Our featured artist this year is Barbara Richardson RBA.

2nd to 23rd December 2021 and 5th to 22nd January 2022

Piers Feetham Gallery
475 Fulham Road
London SW6 1HL
020 7381 3031

November 2021

The Jerram Gallery - Winter Exhibition

The Jerram Gallery in Sherborne are hosting an exhibition of works by Small Paintings Group members from late November through December.

27th November to 22nd December 2021

The Jerram Gallery
Half Moon Street
Dorset, DT9 3LN
01935 815261

October 2021

SPG Members Exhibiting at Geedon Gallery

Four of our members, Judith Gardner RBA NEAC, Richard Pikesley PPNEAC RWS, Barbara Richardson RBA and Jacqueline Taber RBA are participating in part 2 of the 20th Anniversary Exhibition at Geedon Gallery.

9th to the 24th of October and then by appointment until the 15th of December. Open daily 11am to 5:30pm

October 2021

Sarah Spackman

Sarah has a solo show "Drawing in Colour" at the Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford from the 11 September - 2 October 2021. The exhibition will be made up of new still-life paintings that have been developed over the last year, continuing her interest in the way colour can be used to create form in painting.

Full details at Sarah Wiseman Gallery: wisegal.com

She will also be teaching an online course for the Winslow Art Center based in Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA beginning on the 22 September. The course "Colour and Form in Oil Painting" will run on Wednesday evenings (5:30-7pm UK time) for 4 weeks.

Full details about the course together with booking details can be found at: winslowartcenter.com

The evening before the course begins there will be an online discussion from the exhibition with Sarah Wiseman, Martha Jordan from Winlsow Art Center and Sarah on the 21 September 5:30-6:30pm UK time. This can also be accessed through the Winslow Art Center website.

September 2021

Virtual Exhibition 2021

The Small Paintings Group are hosting a virtual exhibition of work by members on their website during July and August.

Tom Coates RWS PPNEAC RP PPPS will also be exhibiting with us as an invited artist.

July 2021

Caroline McAdam Clark - Reveries

Caroline has a solo exhibition of works at Piers Feetham Gallery, 'Reveries Inspired by Travel and Place'.

Dates are: 10th June to 10th July

June 2021

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