Eric Ravilious (1903 – 1942) exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery – study visit

The visit was led by OCA tutor Jim Cowan and Claire (sorry, I couldn’t get the surname).  They were amazing leaders.  They prepared handout and gave us a brief before going into the exhibition.  We have a lot of their attention and discussion before, during and after the exhibition.  It was a fantastic experience partly because both tutors were passionate about arts and partly because the exhibition was not too crowded that gave us space and time discussing in front of each individual painting.  Reading the material sent by OCA and a bit of research help too.

youTube introductory video by James Russell, the Eric Ravilious exhibition curator

Eric Ravilious not a well known English artist.    His watercolour style was very distinctive.  He used a lot wet on dry brush marks layers on layers for textures and tonal variations.  His compositions were graphically rich.  Amazingly, some of his drawings/paintings contain very loose and very tight marks on the same piece of work.

Cuckmere Haven (1930) is one of my favourite.  Image can be seen on Independence website through the link. Eric Ravilious.  I love the winding road on the left and the winding river in the middle.  Beautiful composition.

Anchor and Boats – Rye Harbour (1938) is another.  I love the handle of tonal transition from mid-tone to dark to mid-tone to lightest light.  The horizon and the front ground cable almost cut the painting into 3 horizontal panes.  The light house in the top left corner gave some relief to the almost empty space above the horizon.  image can be seen via the link curator’s blog.

Tiger Moth (1942) Tiger Moth, Tate Collection.  The clouds were painted with heavy expressive grey stroke.  Ingenious!


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