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Oxford artist beats stiff competition to exhibit at national exhibition

Press Release   •   Mar 22, 2010 14:23 GMT

Local artist beats stiff competition to exhibit at national exhibition

Oxford resident, Peronel Barnes, has been chosen by the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, to exhibit at the prestigious, annual exhibition held at the Mall Galleries in London.

Always a must-see in event in the London exhibition calendar, it is renowned for displaying the paintings of notable members of the Royal Institute (RI), as well as work selected from many new painters, working in water colour, from around the country. The exhibition showcases traditional paintings alongside more experimental works of art.

Already chosen to exhibit at RWS Bankside Gallery in 2005 - also quite a coup in the art world - this is the second year that Peronel has submitted work to the Mall Galleries for consideration. Beating literally, hundreds of other applications from renowned artists, Peronel is ecstatic with this latest success:

“There is a sense of hierarchy in the painting world, a group exhibition, a one man show, one of those in London and also being selected by Royal Watercolour Society (RWS), Royal Institute or Royal Academy (RA) coming pretty much top of the heap.  Read the biographies of ‘proper’ living artists and they will include their exhibiting at Mall Galleries or Bankside as a highlight.  My getting in to this is a real YES that my work has been recognised by the professionals, the next challenge is to sell the painting at the exhibition.”

Although Peronel has painted all her life it is only in recent years her work is growing in popularity across the UK and beyond. The Department of Health (DoH) being perhaps one of her more unusual commissions - a painting entitled ‘Beneath’ now hangs in Skipton House, London, home to the DoH.

Keen to build on the success of recent years Peronel now has her sights set on the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy and to be accepted as a member of either Royal Water Colour Society or Royal Institute.

Peronel’s painting entitled, Summer Sandwich, will be exhibited at the Mall Galleries Wednesday 21st April – Saturday 1st May 2010.


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