Artist Jim Dunbar, who was elected President of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour in October last year, presented the awards at the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour 136th Annual Exhibition which recently opened at the Royal Scottish Academy Building in Edinburgh.
The exhibition is open until 28 January 2017 and features over 120 new paintings by both established and emerging artists from across Scotland with works by new graduates from the 2016 Degree Shows and invited American artists (pictured in front of their work with RSW President Jim Dunbar) Bruce Bobick (left) and Mark E Mehaffey AWS-DF NWS (right).
There is a free programme of events in the exhibition at weekends. On Sat 21 January RSW artists Gregor Smith & Jim Dunbar will be explaining their methods and answering questions from 11-1pm, and Jim is also there from 2-4pm. RSW artist Douglas Davies will be discussing his approach and techniques on 11-1pm.
136th RSW Winter Annual Exhibition
Upper Galleries, RSA Building
The Mound, Edinburgh
9 – 28 January 2017
Open daily 10am-5pm
HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay has extended his patronage of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW) until April 2020.
The RSW was founded in 1878 by a group of artists who wanted to encourage and promote watercolour painting in Scotland. Queen Victoria granted Royal status in 1888 and continued these Royal links, with HRH The Duke of Rothesay taking over as Patron of the Society in February 2003, following the death of The Queen Mother who had been Patron since 1938.
President of the RSW, John Inglis, said “We are the only Society dedicated to promoting watercolour painting in Scotland and are delighted and honoured that HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay will continue as our Royal Patron. We pride ourselves on our distinguished history and in our forward looking approach to encouraging watercolour painting. Our annual open winter and summer exhibitions are key dates on the Scottish arts calendar bringing together leading and emerging Scottish artists.
“In our 2015 Winter Annual Exhibition we showcased works by 10 Chinese professional artists and a selection from the International prize ‘Marche d’Acqua’ Fabriano Watercolour 2014 along with invited works by recent graduates from the Scottish art colleges.”
The RSW 135th Annual Exhibition will take place in 2016 showcasing new work by artists from across Scotland and presenting awards including the £3000 Alexander Graham Munro Travel Award which is presented for the best work submitted by an artist under the age of 30. In past years it has been won by young artists from Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh.