18th March 2010 - 24th April 2010
March 18 - April 24
This annual Exhibition at Gallery LeFort is dedicated solely to works of art produced by nine eminent Royal West of England Academicians:
Paintings by (in alphabetical order) Diana Bourdon-Smith, Ros Cuthbert, Neil Murison, Maxine Relton, Nicholas Turner, George Tute and Glo Williams and Sculpture by David Backhouse and John Huggins.
Diana Bourdon Smith has exhibited her paintings at The Royal Academy and Alpine Galleries, London, the Adam and Victoria Galleries Bath as well as the Bath Society of Artists. The Alresford Gallery in Hampshire and the Bohun Gallery in Henly-on-Thames have also been recent venues. Her works has also been shown in Malta and New York.
Ros Cuthbert trained at Central St Martins and the RCA in painting and exhibits widely with work in many collections. She has exhibited extensively and has had several solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous group exhibitions at a number of prestigious venues including the Royal academy, Medici Gallery, London and Plymouth City Art Gallery.
Neil Murison studied at the West of England College of Art where he lectured until his retirement in 1987 as Head of Foundation Studies. His paintings are in the Collections of the Bank of America in London and Amsterdam, Merchant Bank of Scotland, Government of Portugal, Oxford University, The Contemporary Art Society of Wales, Bath University and other notable corporate institutions.
Maxine Relton holds an MA in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Her work is held in private collections in many countries and has received a number of awards as well as being featured in various publications and on television.
Nicholas Turner studied Art and Design at the University of The West of England, Bristol. He has exhibited at the Royal West of England Academy Autumn Exhibition every year since 1994 and has been represented regularly at a number of private galleries in an around Bristol. He has also exhibited in London as well as in France. Since 1997 he has been a part-time tutor on the Foundation Studies Course in Art and Design at Bower Ashton UWE.
George Tute studied painting at The Royal Academy Schools and Illustration at The Royal College of Art. Between 1958 and 1960 he taught at York School of Art and then from 1960 to 1988 he taught at Bristol Polytechnic, later to become the University of the West of England where he became Principal Lecturer in Graphic Design. He is a member of the Royal Society of Painter Etchers and a former member of the Society of Wood-Engravers. His work has been exhibited at The Royal Academy, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, Kew Gardens, Newport Art Gallery and he was included in the Six Academicians Show at the RWA in 1997.
Glo Williams studied painting and sculpture at the West of England College of Art, Bristol, specialising in fashion and design. She was Head of Department for Fashion at Swansea College of Art for seven years. On returning to Bristol, Glo continued to develop her drawing and painting skills. Over the last three decades her work has evolved continually and has been exhibited widely. She has been a gallery artist in several galleries in the region and in Wales.
As well as being a member of the Royal West of England Academy, David Backhouse is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a member of the Fountain Society as well as the Society of Equestrian Artists. David is known for his many commissioned works and for his smaller bronzes. His Memorial to 'Animals in War' was unveiled at Brook Gate, Park Lane, by HRH The Princess Royal in November 2004.
John Huggins studied at the West of England College of Art, Bristol and taught part-time until 1976, leaving teaching to concentrate on sculpture. John is a fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and a long serving RWA where he has served as Artists Chairman and Vice President. He has work in collections worldwide and shows with galleries, dealers and agents in the UK, USA, Holland and Switzerland. His current work progresses on several fronts, influenced by a variety of sources, from the Maltese Goddesses of pre-history to images from popular culture and modern masters like Brancusi and Marini.
For a more in-depth description of our Academicians, please visit the artist's individual biographies on our website.