News > 23 May 2016

Devon Artist To Feature At RSPP Exhibition

Aveton Gifford artist Martin Brooks has just made the long journey from South Devon all the way to the Big Smoke that is London this month after being selected from some 2,000 entries to appear at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RSPP) annual submission exhibition.

In fact, this was the third time that Brooks exhibited at the Royal Society, the South Hams Gazette reports, an event that has become the biggest exposition of recent portraits in Great Britain. Approximately half the number of works on show this year came from emerging artists, while the remainder were provided by eminent members of the Society.

Speaking about the show, Brooks said: “I am absolutely delighted. It is a very exciting time for portraiture.”
And don’t panic if you missed the RSPP show – you’ll also be able to see Brooks’ work at the BP Portrait Awards 2016, which is taking place at the National Portrait Gallery in London between June 23rd and September 4th.

His life-size oil portrait Unfolding was selected for this particular exhibition, a portrait of designer and musician Stewart MacPherson. Apparently, Brooks was spurred on to paint him after his wife spotted him in the street and thought he’d make a good subject for a portrait.

If you can’t make the upcoming National Portrait Gallery show, why don’t you check out some of the contemporary artists that we have exhibiting here at the Mayne Gallery? At the moment, we have animal and wildlife painter Janice Stubbs in residence.

Mayne Gallery, 14 Fore Street, Kingsbridge, South Devon, TQ7 1NY ...or call us on 01548 853 848