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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The Old Gaol Studios

Cell door in the old village gaol.

I delivered my paintings to The Old Gaol Studios on Saturday.  The exhibition, which opens on Friday evening, is the first to be held in the newly restored village gaol in the Kent village of Wittersham. The artists taking part are: Karl Terry, Chris Daynes, Rowan Crew, Roy Connelly, Peter Robson, John Stillman, Michael Richardson, David Bachmann and Trevor Chamberlain.

oil painting by Roy ConnellyPagham Harbour, Sussex. Oil on board, 12×16 inches

Please contact me if you would like an invitation to the Private View.

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Affordable Art Fair and Dolphin House Anniversary

The Affordable Art Fair in London runs from 21 to 24 October.  Island fine Fine Arts (stand E6) will have a collection of my oil paintings of London, including The Tattershall Castle (above).

I will also be exhibing in Devon again this month.  Dolphin House Gallery in Devon is twenty years old and to celebrate they are holding an anniversary exhibition.  The gallery is home to the work of master print maker Roger St Barbe invited artists.  Twenty artists who have shown there over the years will feature in the show.  The exhibition opens on Saturday 23 October. Contact the gallery for more information.

All of my free tickets to the Affordable Art Fair have now gone.  If you would like to be among the first to hear of my upcoming exhibitions, news etc – why not sign up for my newsletter or email me.

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Chelsea Riverside Exhibition

The Cheyne Walk Trust is raising funds for a bursary for young artists at Heatherley School of Fine Art in Chelsea.

There will be an exhibition of paintings of the Chelsea Riverside at Heatherleys 18 – 22 April, 2 – 6pm.

On the evening of Thursday 22nd April there will be a reception, prize giving ceremony and an auction. Prizes will be presented by Ken Howard RA.

Full details here: Chelsea Exhibition The cover image is a detail from my painting of Albert Bridge which will feature in the auction.

If you would like to reserve tickets for the Reception and Auction click here: Reception tickets for Chelsea Riverside

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London to Venice in 20 minutes



I have work in two exhibitions in London at the moment.  ‘London Seen’ is a group show of London paintings at Llewellyn Alexander Fine Paintings.

‘Venice in Peril’ is also a group show,  in this case featuring paintings of Venice.  This popular annual exhibition, at W.H. Patterson in Albermarle Street, helps to raise funds for restoration projects in that most beautiful city.

At Venice in Peril there are works by Ken Howard, Auguste Bouvard, Ivan Lapper, David Sawyer, Robert E Wells, Roy Connelly, Jonathan Trowell, John Stillman and other talented artists.

London Seen features Tom Coates, Bruce Yardley, Roy Connelly, Liam O’Farrell, Terry McKifragan, Robert E Wells, Fraser King and others

If you fancy seeing both wonderful cities in a day, its only a short 20 minute walk between the two galleries.

London Seen Llewellyn Alexander Fine Paintings
11 January – 10 February 2010

Venice in Peril W. H. Patterson
13 January – 5 February 2010

The paintings above show the view from Riva Degli Schiavoni in Venice with San Giorgio on the left and the Doges Palace (under scaffolding) on the right,  Santa Maria Della Salute is in the distance.

Below that is a view of Cleopatra’s Needle by the River Thames in London.

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The New English 2009

The New English Art Club (NEAC) annual open exhibition opens on Friday 27th November.  I am pleased to once again have work in this prestigious show.  Early exhibitors in this exhibition include Claude Monet and Edgar Degas along with Walter Sickert, James McNeil Whistler, John Singer Sargent and Philip Wilson Steer.


Above: Stainforth Autumn Morning, oil on board, 4×10 inches.


If you can’t make along in person or want to make sure that special picture doesn’t get bought before you get there, most of the paintings in the exhibition can be seen and purchased online now. 

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Pembrokeshire Pictures


Above: Newgale Beach, Pembrokeshire. 8 x 20 inches, oil on board
This painting will feature in my exhibition at Island Fine Arts in June 2011

I was back in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, last week.  And, being a plein air painter, there was a lot of weather to contend with.  Frequently the best painting weather – ie. when it wasn’t actually raining – came in the last hour or so before dusk. But working fast against the fading light in wild locations is one of the great things about being a landscape painter.


Above: Me painting after sunset on a calm evening at Newgale.

We visited artist Naomi Tydeman and walked our dogs on the beach and out to Monkstone Point at sunset before an unforgetable dinner.   Later in the week we met up for a meal with thriller writer Scott Mariani at his country house in a secret location in the wilds of West Wales.


I snapped this shot of the figure above walking across the sand or was it the sky at Newgale Beach. Below is another view of the same wonderful beach.


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November Exhibition


Waterloo Bridge, oil on board 10 x 20 inches, 25.5 x 51 cm. Sold

The painting above is one of sixteen of my oil paintings of London, The River Thames and Surrey that will be on show in London for the rest of the month.

Eight Man Show
Llewellyn Alexander (Fine Paintings) Ltd
2 – 28 November 2009

Featured artists:
Roy Connelly
Lisa Graa Jensen RI
Chris Kendrick
Tina Morgan SWA
Liam O’Farrell
Steven Outram RBA
Richard Sorrell NEAC PPRWS
Tessa Shedley Jordan

Gallery Open 10am to 7:30pm Monday to Saturday:
124 -126 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LN UK

(Opposite the Old Vic Theatre and just 2 minutes from Waterloo Underground and mainline station) Tel: 020 7620 1322/1324

 Visit the gallery website for more details.

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