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Ken Howard at the PAB PV

The Plein Air Brotherhood were joined at the opening of their first exhibition by Ken Howard OBE RA.

In the photo above are, left to right: Adebanji Alade, Karl Terry, John Dobbs (in doorway), David Pilgrim, Roy Connelly, Ken Howard OBE RA, Antony Bridge.

There is a nice write up of the exhibition on the website of artist Liam O’Farrell.

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Plein Air Brotherhood show

The Old Cock Inn, Harpenden. Oil Pianting by Roy ConnellyThe Old Cock Inn, Harpenden. 8x 10 inches, oil on board.

The Inaugural Exhibition of the Plein Air Brotherhood opens this week at the A&K Wilson Gallery in Harpenden.

The picture above is one of several of Harpenden painted recently when PAB artists, Adebanji Alade, Roy Connelly and John Dobbs visited ahead of the exhibition.

Everyone is welcome to attend the preview night, where they will be able to meet the artists. You can download an invitation here: Plein Air Brotherhood Invitation

The Inaugural Exhibition of The Plein Air Brotherhood
1st – 30th September 2011
A & K Wilson Gallery Ltd,
11 Station Approach, Harpenden,
Herts. AL5 4SP
Tel/Fax: 01582 760824
E-mail: drew@akwilsongallery.co.uk

You can learn more at the Plein Air Brotherhood website.

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Suffolk Exhibition

Josephine Harpur’s Summer Exhibition is on now at the Edmund Gallery, Angel Hill in the beautiful Suffolk town of Bury St Edmunds.  I popped in to see the show on the opening Saturday and was just in time to meet the buyer of one of my paintings.  It is always a pleasure to meet one’s collectors, without whom artists could not lead the lives they do.

Bury St Edmunds has an amazingly well preserved mix of medieval and Georgian architecture and is well worth a visit.

The exhibition features the work of Roy Connelly, Sarah Coghill, Paul Curtis, Kate Denton, Katya Gridnev, Valery Gridnev, Veda Hallows, Kevin Hughes, Pamela Kay, Peter Kelly, Ffiona Lewis, Ronald Morgan, Charles Rake, Mike Speller and Tim Woolcock

The Edmund Gallery, St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1LS
Saturday 11th to Thursday 16th June
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Enquiries Josephineharpur@aol.com
tel 01359 269692 mob 07946 523285



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London Pageantry

Buckingham Palace, Oil painting by Roy ConnellyChanging the Guard at Buckingham Palace.
Oil on board, 12×10 inches, £580.

The Trooping of the Colour ceremony takes place in London on Saturday, so I thought I would post this picture from my current show at Island Fine Arts. It was painted in The Mall a few days before the Royal Wedding of William and Kate.

The police were happy for me to set up my easel in the middle of the road, which was closed to traffic that day.  Each time the troops marched to and from the Palace I had to pick up my box easel and kit and quickly move to the side to let them pass, before reclaiming my spot.

To paint the marching band as they passed I had one brush loaded with red paint and another loaded with black.  I hadn’t account for the brass instruments they were playing and had to quickly get another brush and more paint mixed but I got it down in one hit and was quite please with the result.




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Island Fine Arts 2011

Union Flags in The Mall - Oil painting by Roy ConnellyUnion Flags flying in The Mall. Oil on board, 16×10 inches.


Painted earlier this summer when The Mall was lined with flags for William and Kate’s wedding, these are two of the new paintings I have on show at Island Fine Arts until 2 July 2011.  The Mall was closed to traffic so I was able to stand in the road to paint.

4 Jun- 2 Jul 2011 Harry Brioche, Roy Connelly and Sally Trueman

Island Fine Arts Ltd
53 High St, Bembridge, Isle of Wight P035 5SE
Tel: 01983 875 133


Royal Flags-The Mall. Oil painter Roy ConnellyRoyal Flags, The Mall. Oil on board, 12×10 inches.

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Salisbury Art Show

Oil painting of The River Thames at Aston near HenleyRiver Thames at Aston near Henley, Oil on board, 20x16in.

The Salisbury Art Show is on now until the 4th of June 2011.  The exhibition is helping to support the charity Help for Heroes.

Both of the paintings shown here feature in the show. To see the complete collection of my work – click here.

Oil painting of West Wittering by Roy ConnellyWest Wittering. Oil on board, 12x12in.

The Salisbury Art Show
Saturday 28th May – Saturday 4th June 2011
At Leaden Hall, 70 The Cathedral Close, Salisbury SP1
Saturday 28th May – Saturday 4th June 2011
11 – 4pm Open daily Free Admission


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London Seen

Oil Painting - Strand on the Green, London by Roy ConnellyStrand on The Green, London. Oil on board, 16x20in.

I have two exhibitions opening this week – London Seen at Llewellyn Alexander Gallery and Venice in Peril at W H Patterson.

London Seen, is the work of 9 artists with a passion for our capital city.  This introduction is taken from the exhibition brochure:

“Artist have always loved to paint London – from Whistler to Hogarth, from Monet to Sickert – each one capturing the mood and atmosphere of our great and diverse capital city.”

“Familiar and unusual scenes of London by this group of 9 well-established artists. Dianne Branscombe, Roy Connelly, Lisa Graa Jensen, Mark Harrison, Terry McKivragan, Liam O’Farrell, Nancy Petley-Jones, Nadia Tsakova and Robert E Wells each reveal their own personal interpretation of the city they know and love to paint.  London by day and London by night, as the city wakes up and as it goes to bed, in the sunshine and in the rain, empty London streets, busy London squares are all seen through a painter’s eye.”

“Important city landmarks are documented in richly painted oils or highly detailed watercolours – the London Eye, the Gherkin, Trafalgar Square, the Great Thames bridges, Regents Park in the summer and the Embankment in the spring. London is revealed with the vitality and virtuosity that it deserves.”

London Seen. 10 January – 10 February 2011
Llewellyn Alexander Fine Paintings Ltd
124-126 The Cut
London, SE1 8LN
(opposite The Old Vic Theatre).
020 7620 1322

London Seen. 10 January – 10 February 2011
Llewellyn Alexander Fine Paintings Ltd
124-126 The Cut
London, SE1 8LN
(opposite The Old Vic Theatre).
020 7620 1322
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Venice in Peril

The 20th Annual Venice in Peril Exhibition opens this week at W.H Patterson in Albermarle Street.

San Giorgio Sparkle - Venice painting by Roy ConnellySan Giorgio Sparkle.  8 x 10 inches, oil on board

Over the years, this exhibition has contributed over £100,000 to the Venice in Peril Fund.  The show features “a wonderful selection of beautiful paintings from many new artists as well as exceptional pictures from the palettes of our talented regulars”.

During the exhibition there is an opportunity to win a fabulous 5 star holiday to Venice sponsored by Kirker Holidays.  The prize includes a stay at the Danieli Hotel and return journey to London on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.  How cool is that?

It’s been a long time since my last trip on the Orient Express so, if you win the holiday and want to take an artist with you, well – you know who to ask…

Find out more about Venice in Peril.

Wednesday 12 January – Friday 4 February 2011

W H Patterson
19, Albemarle Street, London. W1S 4BB.
Tel +44 (0)20 7248 3824  email: info@whpatterson.com

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New English Art Club 2010

Dipper - oil painting by Roy ConnellyDipper. Oil on board, 4 x 10 inches.

Palette Knife. Still-life oil painting by Roy ConnellyPalette Knife. Oil on board. 4 x 10 inches

I am very proud to be showing with the NEAC again this year.  I have shown in this prestigious exhibition for the last 6 years. This year, for the first time, I sent in some little still life paintings to show that I do occasionally paint subjects other than my plein air landscapes.  I was delighted that the judges liked them.

The day I painted these pictures I had gone in to my studio to paint a large picture from one of my location studies.  But, as I looked at the dipper sitting on my palette I became intrigued by the way it seemed to blend in with it’s surroundings.  Layers of old paint have built up over the years creating a patina-like finish on both the palette and the dipper.  I realised that it could be painted by reproducing the colour, tone and shape of each mark.

These paintings and many of the others in the show can now be seen and purchased here.

New English Art Club.
Mall Galleries, London SW1.
26 November – 5 December 2010

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