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Arnold Snake Charmer

'Snake Charmer in Kolkata'
June Arnold

The Pastel Society is a registered charity, widely recognised for its success in promoting and encouraging the use of pastel within the contemporary art world.The Society was founded in 1898, and the first exhibition held in the Royal Institute in Piccadilly. Founder members and early exhibitors included Brangwyn, Degas, Rodin, Rothenstein, Whistler and G.F. Watts.There are currently over fifty-five Members who are professional artists living and working in this country and overseas. Membership is granted through a strict assessment of technical skill, originality, innovation and enthusiasm.

The Society pursues its aims through education and example. It is currently responsible for organising exhibitions, tutorial workshops, demonstrations and lectures throughout the UK. The Society's major showcase is the Annual Exhibition held at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London. This is open to entries from both Members and Non-Members. Awards are made to works of particular note. Workshops and demonstrations are also provided throughout the duration of the exhibition.


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Featured Artist

June Arnold
Arnold In Preparation

'In Preparation'
by June Arnold


Artist's Statement

In recent years, the material for June's paintings have come from her travels and the powerful effect that these experiences have had on her at the time. She tries to capture something of the character, mood and atmosphere of the different people and places she has come across on these journeys, especially in India.

Method of Working

June used to paint directly from the subject, but because her travel experiences are currently the main source of her painting, she only takes an A5 sketchpad and 2B pencils with her for minimal line drawings and written notes, plus her tiny camera.
Back in the studio, June does a lot of drawing before beginning a painting, usually roughs in charcoal plus pastel colour sketches. She works in many different mediums; gouache, pastel, oil, acrylic or mixed media, depending on subject matter and her feelings at the time.
June's favourite medium is pastel, usually worked on a smooth paper or card, sometimes over an underpainting in gouache. She builds up in layers using fixative, as necessary, in between. She usually has several works on the go at one time due to unsolved problems or uncertainties with the paintings.

Biographical Details

1944 Born on 6 March in Halifax, Yorkshire
1960-62 Intermediate in Fine Art, West Sussex College of Art
1962-66 Studied for a Diploma in Art and Design, graduated with First Class Honours in Interior Design at Kingston College of Art
1966-94 Practising Interior Designer
1977 Elected a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers (FCSD)
1992 Began painting part-time
1994 Began painting full-time
1997-2006 Ran various workshops and lectured to art groups throughout Devon

2003 Elected a Member of the Sout West Academy (SWAc)
2005 Elected a Member of the Pastel Society

2015 June produced a Limited Edition book entitled 'INDIA paintings by June Arnold. The edition has sold-out. 

Society Memberships

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Scholarships, Awards and Prizes

'David Messum Award', SWAc, 2003

‘Frank Herring Award’, Pastel Society, 2004
‘Brian Sinfield Fine Arts Award’, Pastel Society, 2004

'Public Prize', SWAc, 2010 & 2015

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