The Pastel Society

Founded London England 1898

The Pastel Society

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claire summer

'Light Touch'
Claire Spencer

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.


The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
Telephone: 020 7930 6844


Featured Artist

Angela A'Court
angela yesterday morning

'Yesterday Morning'
by Angela A'Court


'Pastel is a pure pigment with intense colorant vitality which encourages A'Court's very defined approach. With a bold, contemporary style of strong graphic shapes, contrasts and edges, she lovingly depicts everyday objects, showing us how to revere simple lines in space, drawn with rich, saturated color.


The lack of overlap and the emphasis on familiar shapes allows A'Court to create a positive and negative effect between spaces; she sees things in abstract, using the narrative of a line to express her interaction with the subject. A'Court isolates her objects from one another emphasizing their individuality and creating a comfortable tension in her work.


Originally from London, Angela A'Court now lives and works in New York City. After graduating from Goldsmiths College she worked as an interior designer before becoming a full-time artist 17 years ago. She was elected to the Pastel Society in 2009 and exhibits regularly both the USA and the UK."


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