Royal Watercolour Society Watercolour Secrets || Jill Leman

This is the third is a series of surveys of the work of current members of the RWS and it’s possibly the most interesting of them all. The format, as ever, is a two-page spread on each of the featured artists, with a short text written by themselves talking about their work and their approach, and with a good selection of illustrations.

Styles range from representation to abstraction and subjects from landscapes to figures. There are constant surprises and challenges and, while you may not like everything you see, the short digests that are provided mean you can move on quickly. You’re more likely though, I suspect, to linger and even return, because nothing is ever dull and you always have the artist’s own explanation of why they’ve done what they have.

The big names are here: Ken Howard, Alfred Daniels and Jenny Wheatley, for example, and there are many others who will be more or less familiar depending on your interests. Because the arrangement is alphabetical, this isn’t a curated collection, but rather one that presents you with new things in no particular order and thus provides a surprise every time you turn the page.

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