7 October 2021

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

The Royal Academy's annual celebration of art and creativity is finally back!  For the first time in its 250+ year history, the Summer Exhibition ran in Autumn/ Winter in 2020, and does the same in 2021.  Held every year since 1769, the largest open submission exhibition in the world champions contemporary art and architecture, displaying works across mediums and genres by emerging and established artists alike.

Andrew Graves - Heat (oil on gesso panel) - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021 - London lifestyle & culture blogAndrew Graves - Heat (oil on gesso panel)

This year's coordinator, Yinka Shonibare RA, focused on highlighting artists from all backgrounds and cultures, selecting over 1,300 paintings, prints, sculptures, photography, film and architectural works from artists across the globe.  The eclectic mix of works are selected and hung by a panel of Royal Academicians, featuring new and recent art from emerging talent, first-time exhibitors and members of the public alongside household names.

I think this is the eighth time I've attended the Summer Exhibition, and it's a joy browsing the vibrant variety of works each and every year.  Here are some colourful, uplifting favourites from the 2021 show.

The 2021 Summer Exhibition runs 22 September 2021 - 2 January 2022

Barbara Rae RA - Kilpallet Rig - Winter (mixed media on canvas) - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021 - London lifestyle & culture blog
Barbara Rae RA - Kilpallet Rig - Winter (mixed media on canvas)

Emma Stibbon RA - Gully Shadow, Norway (intaglio print, edition of 40) - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021 - London lifestyle & culture blog
Emma Stibbon RA - Gully Shadow, Norway (intaglio print, edition of 40)

Jennifer Durrant RA - Ghirlanda Series, Sighs To Sing, No. 1 (acrylic) - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021 - London lifestyle & culture blog
Jennifer Durrant RA - Ghirlanda Series, Sighs To Sing, No. 1 (acrylic)

Clare Woods - Dead Again (oil on aluminium) - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021 - London lifestyle & culture blog
Clare Woods - Dead Again (oil on aluminium)

Hugh Hamshaw-Thomas - Besides The Water (photographic archival digital giclée print, edition of 5) - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021 - London lifestyle & culture blog
Hugh Hamshaw-Thomas - Besides The Water (photographic archival digital giclée print, edition of 5)

Barbara Rae RA - Kilpallet Rig (mixed media on paper) - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021 - London lifestyle & culture blog
Barbara Rae RA - Kilpallet Rig (mixed media on paper)

Andrew Graves - Same (oil on gesso panel) - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021 - London lifestyle & culture blog
Andrew Graves - Same (oil on gesso panel)

Paul Hogg - Shadows Falling In A Wood 2 (linocut print, edition of 30) - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021 - London lifestyle & culture blogPaul Hogg - Shadows Falling In A Wood 2 (linocut print, edition of 30)

Rosemary Farrer - Flowers for Mondrian (mixed media) - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021 - London lifestyle & culture blogRosemary Farrer - Flowers for Mondrian (mixed media)

Emyr Williams - Time's Birthday (acrylic) - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021 - London lifestyle & culture blogEmyr Williams - Time's Birthday (acrylic)

Emma Stibbon RA - Snowline, Svalbard (intaglio print with hand colouring, edition of 40) - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021 - London lifestyle & culture blogEmma Stibbon RA - Snowline, Svalbard (intaglio print with hand colouring, edition of 40)

Barbara Rae RA - Night Sky - Priestlaw (carborundum print, edition of 30) - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021 - London lifestyle & culture blog
Barbara Rae RA - Night Sky - Priestlaw (carborundum print, edition of 30)

Elizabeth Foster - Puzzle Tree (oil) - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021 - London lifestyle & culture blog
Elizabeth Foster - Puzzle Tree (oil)

Philip Sutton RA - The Sweetest Flowers Of All The World! (oil painting) - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021 - London lifestyle & culture blog
Philip Sutton RA - The Sweetest Flowers Of All The World! (oil painting)

Sadie Tierney - Bleiker Fjord (woodcut print, edition of 20) - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021 - London lifestyle & culture blog
Sadie Tierney - Bleiker Fjord (woodcut print, edition of 20)
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