Artists honor Windermere with coins after receiving Keir Starmer award


The WINDERMERE Fine Art Gallery has unveiled a new year-end exhibition, showcasing works by some of the UK’s best artists.

These include the latest winners of the highly acclaimed annual exhibition of the prestigious Royal Institute of Oil Painters, one of the highest honors in British art. Among the celebrities invited to the awards were Opposition Leader Keir Starmer, as well as host Tim Benson, President of the ROI, and Vice President Adebanji Alade.

The artists – now on display at the Windermere Fine Art Gallery – were from the illustrious “Northern Boys” painting group exhibiting at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters’ annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.

The gallery is also exhibiting the work of KING member Amanda Coleman, winner of the KING’s Alan Gourley Memorial Award this year.

Owner Matthew Titherington said: “We are delighted to bring the award-winning work of all of these nationally recognized artists to the Windermere Fine Art Gallery for a special year-end exhibition, which will run throughout the holidays. . ”

He took over the gallery earlier this year with his wife Dawn to start attracting more London-based art buyers and collectors to the Lake District for weekends and short breaks.

He added, “We have an exhibition of new artwork from all of these artists, bringing fresh and amazing artwork to Windermere.

“By chatting with the artists and visiting the ROI exhibits, we make sure we have some of the best oil painters in the country.”

The new exhibition concludes a pivotal year for new gallery owners and follows the success of exhibitions over the summer and fall, showcasing works created by leading national artists, such as Haidee-Jo Summers, in the Lake District during the pandemic.

The new works feature in the gallery’s wider Winter 2021 exhibition, an ever-evolving and updated exhibition that runs through January, showcasing original works of art, such as landscape paintings, still lifes, abstract art, figurative paintings and luster objects.

Curator and artist Steve Smith explained that the paintings were specially selected and depict a variety of subjects and locations from places such as Spain (Seville, Santa Ponsa), Italy (Venice), Scotland, London, Cumbria, Yorkshire (Settle), Ainsdale Sands, Manchester, Blackpool and the Lake District.

The gallery has been a champion of “outdoor” painting by the distinguished group known as the “Northern Boys”, whose work frequently appears in the best galleries in London. The new exhibition is part of a plan to compete with galleries in major cities and restore the Lake District to a reputation as a Nordic hub for high-quality fine and contemporary art.

The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, founded in 1882, is the only major British art company that promotes and exhibits works of the highest quality exclusively in oil painting. It provides a center of excellence and encouragement to all who enjoy this sturdy medium and is based at the Mall Galleries in London. The annual ROI Open Exhibition takes place in November or December of each year when non-members have the opportunity to exhibit alongside established ROI members.

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