The RBSA is committed to continue sharing work and engaging our community in the visual arts, even while our gallery is closed. The surge of creatives sharing their daily art practice online during social distancing has been uplifting to see. If you’d like to get involved and share your artwork or articles, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Neville ARBSA
Linda Neville shares the process of creating an etching, From Hedgerow to Hillside, to be submitted for the upcoming online exhibition for RBSA Members and Associates.
1 The aluminium plate is covered with a ‘ground’ and placed into a tray of copper sulphate mixed with salt and water. This ‘bites’ grooves and lines into the plate. Then I remove the ground.
2 I rub etching ink into the grooves with a piece of rubber squeegee.
3 Then wipe the ink off of the surface of the plate, leaving the ink in the grooves
4 I place my plate onto my etching press, put some damp etching paper on the top, place some plain newsprint on top of that, then the blankets and turn the wheel so that the plate passes between the rollers at high pressure. I lift up the paper to reveal my finished print!
5 The finished print
Andrew Matheson RBSA
Andrew Matheson has been unable to visit his Lichfield workshop, instead he has made clay sculptures at home.
Mike Sadler RBSA and Steve Evans RBSA
Mike Sadler shares the experience of exhibiting with Steve Evans just before galleries closed their doors.
Eighteen months ago David Walton approached Steve and myself with a view to putting on an exhibition of abstract work at the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek from January to March.
David and I showed paintings, while Steve took the opportunity to show some of his more recent wire sculptures. These pieces are informed by Steve’s background in structural engineering and they reference architectural form and structural behaviour whilst exploring and extending pictorial space through the use of light, line and colour.
David showed recent hard-edged paintings in which his primary concern is with shape and colour. In these works he explores the possibility of creating non-regular tessellating tiled shapes which create endless possible ways of producing surfaces that can be covered without overlaps or gaps.
Mike exhibited his recent Satellite and Binary paintings in which he is increasingly focused on using fewer formal and compositional elements with the aim of producing a group of closely related works that he hopes convey the notion of a credible abstract world. He also took the opportunity to show other works relating to his layman’s interest in astronomical phenomena.
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The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) is an artist-led charity which supports artists and promotes engagement with the visual arts through a range of exhibitions, events and workshops.
The RBSA runs an exhibition venue – the RBSA Gallery – in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter, a short walk from the city centre.
The gallery is currently closed due to Covid-19.
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