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'Nude with Red Hair'
by
Caroline Bays

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
www.mallgalleries.org.uk

Dates for 2017 Annual Exhibition

• Pre-Submission opens on Monday 1st August 2016, 12 noon

  http://www.mallgalleries.org.uk/call-for-entries/open-exhibitions/pastel-society 

• Pre-Submission closes on Friday 4th November 2016, 12 noon

• Log in for results of Pre-Submission on Friday 11th November. 12 noon

  to see if your work has been pre-selected www.mallgalleries.org.uk/call

• If pre-selected, please deliver your work on the Receiving day.

• Receiving Day Saturday 7th January 2017. 10am - 5pm.

• Selection Monday 9th January 2017.

• Notification of acceptance posted on

  http://www.mallgalleries.org.uk/call-for-entries/open-exhibitions/pastel-society
  on Tuesday 10th January 2017 12 noon.

• Collection of unaccepted work Thursday 12th January 10am - 5pm

• Private View Monday 20th February 2pm - 8pm

• Open to the public Tuesday 21st February. 10am to 5pm

• Exhibition closes Saturday 4th March 3pm.

• Collection of unsold work Thursday 9th March 10am-5pm.

Featured Artist

Caroline Bays

Rock Star sized

'Rock Star'
by Caroline Bays

 

Biographical Details:

1978 – 1979 Farnham School of Art & Design
1979 – 1982 Epsom School of Art & Design 1979-1982
2004 – 2006 Roehampton University

Exhibitions:

Premanent Collections:

The Brunel University Collection.

Group Exhibitions:

2016 Pastel Society.

2016 The Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

2016 Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford, Oxon.

2014-15 Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford, Oxon.
1998/99/02/03/05-07/10-14 The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London.
1997/99/01-03/06-14 The Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London.
2013-14 Quest Gallery, Bath, Wiltshire.
2013 Biennale-Vire, Normandy, France. (Guest Artist)
2013 Lynn Painter- Stainers Prize, Mall Galleries.
2012-15 Royall Fine Art, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
2012-15 The Russell Gallery, Putney, London.
2011 Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition, Kings Place Gallery, London.
2011 Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, Uxbridge.
2009/10 John Adams Fine Art, Ebury Galleries, London.
2005 The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
2004-06 The Anderson Gallery, Burford, Oxon.
2004-06 Alan Klukow Fine Art, Sunningdale, Berkshire.
2001-03 The Fosse Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire.
2002-04 The Cedar House Gallery, Ripley, Surrey.
2002 The Hunting Prize, Royal College of Art, London.
2001/2002 The Affordable Art fair, Battersea, London.
2000-03 The Bourne Gallery, Reigate, Surrey.
2000 The Garrick Milne Prize, Christies, London.
1999/2000 Waterman Fine Art, St. James’s, London.
1999/2000 Century Gallery, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire.
1998/99/2005/08 The New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London.

Solo Exhibitions:

The Robert Phillips Gallery, Riverhouse, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
Paintings & Drawings 2012, 2007, 2004, 2002.

Artist's Statement:

The drawings that I exhibit at the Pastel Society are mainly portraits and nudes in either charcoal or chalk pastels. They are the result of intense observation with attention to detail and meticulous mark making.
I endeavour to show a sense of humanity to my portraits and nudes whether it is a sense of peace and calm or an underlying tension; and I hope this is portrayed in the work. I like the impact of charcoal on white paper which has a timeless quality. However, when I do use colour I enjoy showing the subtleties of skin colouring with a fairly limited palette.

Method of Working:

I always work from the model when drawing and enjoy the linear qualities of charcoal, particularly charcoal pencil which is good for detail,
I also like the texture of Fabriano paper which helps to emphasise my line. When I work in pastel it is with a limited palette, making use of the tone of the paper.

     


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