16 June 2017 to 25 June 2017NEAC New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 The winner of the Contemporary Arts Trust NEAC 2017 prize is Alex Maczkowski. In some ways his little drawing is conventional. The figure in the bottom right harps back to the first NEAC artists at the end of the 19th century like Sir George Clausen. However, remove the figure and you are left with a haunting landscape which very much fits with those rare and beautiful Symbolist landscapes of the 1890s and 1900s as painted by Vilhelm Hammershoi and Fernand Khnopff. The artist's modernist technique, which is very much of today, is in the way he has broken up the image into squares, as any artist might do to transfer the composition to canvas, but then treated each square in a subtly different manner. Thus, what first appears to be conventional, becomes innovative, exciting and haunting. NEAC New English Art Club Annual Open Exhibition 2017 at Mall Galleries, The Mall, St. James’s, London SW1 +44 (0)20 7930 6844
The New English is a vibrant and diverse group of widely admired visual artists whose highly collectible work is based principally upon direct observation of nature and the human figure. Its Annual Open Exhibition is a showcase for members and gives aspiring artists an opportunity to exhibit alongside some of the best figurative artists working today in painting, drawing and printmaking.
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The NEAC seeks work which demonstrates excellence in both concept and draughtsmanship.