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Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour's 207th Exhibition - Mall Galleries

Mall Galleries presents the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour's 207th exhibition, featuring beautiful contemporary watercolour artwork.

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Watercolour is an ancient medium which was used from the Palaeolithic era to create many of Europe’s cave paintings, and from the Middle Ages in the illustration of manuscripts. However, the popularity of watercolour painting today can be attributed to a transformation in its use, beginning with the Renaissance, and in which the United Kingdom played a central role.

There have been many changes in the fine art of watercolour in the 187 years since the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours began. Advancements in materials and techniques employed by today’s artists has led to interesting, colourful and dramatic paintings. The Royal Institute’s annual exhibition at Mall Galleries is a survey of how contemporary artists are using this age-old medium.

Showing a diversity of styles and techniques, from traditional uses of watercolours to more experimental and innovative paintings. Works on display are produced mainly by members of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. Other artists pieces have also been selected to hang alongside these by the Royal Institute’s Council; including work by many young painters using water-soluble media in often new and exciting ways.

A number of prizes are awarded to artists in the exhibition who’s use of watercolour has particularly impressed the judges. The Winners of this year’s prizes will be announced on 2 April.

Mall Galleries are offering readers of St James London two free entries, if you mention “St James London” at the Gallery Desk.

The exhibition’s normal price is £8 and will run between the 3rd and 18th of April.