Thursday, 27 January 2011

Come and Watch The Masters at Work

Our next ROI Masterclass is to be held on Sunday March 20 and promises to be our best ever. The location is the splendid Picturecraft Gallery in Holt in Norfolk which is being specially opened for the day for us. There will be three members demonstrating on the day. You can get as close as you lilke to the painting action and ask as many questions about technique and materials as you wish.
We are delighted to have David Curtis ROI, RSMA back  for his second ROI Masterclass. David does very little teaching these days so this is a rare opportunity to watch him in action.

Along with David we also have ROI President Peter Wileman PROI, ARSMA, FRSA

And the ever popular Brian Ryder AROI

Tickets are selling fast so if you want to come along I would advise that you dont delay in  booking. Tickets are £59.50 each (£50 for Friends of the ROI) and include lunch at the gallery.
Adrian Hill who runs the Picturecraft Gallery has organised a discount  for local accomodation for those who plan to make a weekend if it. Remember,  Holt, a beauttiful Georgian market town, is just 4 miles from the picturesque port of Blakeney on the  North Norfolk coast. Adrian is also arranging for his family's next door art matertials shop to be opened up especially for those attending  with discounts for all present. If you want more details please email me at

You can obtain your tickets direct from Picturecraft Gallery  01263 711040, e-mail at

All three artists will have copies of their books and DVDs available for sale.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Brian Ryder Elected Associate Member Of The ROI

Norfolk based landscape painter Brian Ryder has been elected to Associate Membership of the ROI after a year as Provisional Member.
Brian turned professional in 1993 to pursue a life in painting and teaching, following a long career in Architecture. The demands for his teaching skills grew and he has been teaching for 35 years, and running courses in Britain, together with painting holidays in many parts of Europe. Italy is his preference. In 2011 he will be returning to his favourite haunt in Venice.
Brian paints in most media, but all nearly always landscape based, sometimes abstracts but more impressionist and atmospheric oils being his choice approach, media and style of work, but often using pen and wash on location.

He has exhibited in many galleries in East Anglia, the Cotswolds and London where he held a one- man show of abstract landscapes in 2002. All four of his submitted oils were accepted  from 2008 to 2010 for the R.O.I. exhibition at The Mall Gallery and he was then offered Provisional membership of the R.O.I. for 2010.
Brian has written a numberof books on paiting and featured in several teaching DVDs.

Brian's greatest love is his oil painting and is over the moon with his achievement with the R.O.I. and feels this association with them is the greatest achievement  he has had since his first “real” oil painting some 45 years ago. Originally from North London Brian now lives in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk. Here are some examples of his recent work.

Find our more about Brian on his web site:

Tim Benson Elected Associate Member Of The ROI

Award winning London based artist Tim Benson has been elected to Associate Member of the ROI along with Chris Bennett and Brian Ryder.

Timothy Benson was born in London, July 1978.

1996 - 1997 Art Foundation, Middlesex University.
1998 - 1999 1st year BA(hons), Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art.
1999 - 2001 2nd and 3rd years BA(hons), Fine Art, Byam Shaw School of Art. 
2006 - 'Open Studio' tutor, Heatherley's School of Art, Chelsea
Over the last couple of years Tim's attention has fallen on the flatlands of East Anglia,
in particular Norfolk and Suffolk. Of this area, Tim states "It is no coincidence that this is where both Constable and Seago made some of their most powerful works, as the combination of impossibly vast skies and abrupt verticals in a sometimes overwhelmingly horizontal landscape creates views that have a stark beauty found nowhere else".

Whether it be a landscape or a portrait the same fundamentals apply. 
Summer meadow

Lightdark andcolour in the right places will create a painting. These variables are all within the artist’s control. The vision to elevate the image to something extraordinary is altogether more fleeting, something intangible that from one painting to the next is the source of elation but more commonly frustration.

Here's some examples of his recent work.

Here's a brief video about Tim's painting technique

You can find more information about Tim Benson on his web site :

More information on Chris Bennett and Brian Ryder to follow.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Lucy McKie Elected Full Member of the ROI

Portrait and still lufe painter Lucy McKie has been elected to full membership of the ROI from Associate Membership. She is one of three new members along with Bill Dean and Nicholas Verrall.
Born in 1974, Lucy McKie has painted since childhood and has always had a real love of portraiture. Although Lucy specialises in portraits, she also paints still life, and enjoys painting both subjects for their very different challenges. Most of her time is spent on commissioned portraits which provide a really exciting and interesting variety of sitters. She has won awards including The Barbara Tate Oil Award, The Daler and Rowney People's Choice Award, C.Roberson Award (2006 & 2007), a Stanley Grimm Award, The L.Cornelissen Award, and the second place Winsor and Newton Young Artists Award.  Here are some examples of Lucy's work.

Congratulations to Lucy and more news on the other new members and associate members in the next few days.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Emails to ROI Blog

Several followers have asked what is the current email to contact the ROI for enquiries relating to Friends memberships and indeed any other matters. The address we had previously has changed so you can now reach us on