Painting the sea

Painting the sea

Painting water is notoriously difficult..well painting anything well is notoriously for inspiration, head to Mall Galleries for its upcoming annual exhibition of marine paintings. Yes, you really must go down to the sea today

QE2 by Douglas Gray

The Royal Society of Marine Artists' annual exhibition runs from 10-19 October at Mall Galleries on the Mall in central London. It features some 400 works in a variety of mediums and all works are on sale. Pictured above: QE2 New York by Douglas Gray.

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Tickets cost £8 but Deco readers get free entry - just mention decomag at the entrance desk

Generations of artists have sought inspiration from the sea and the RSMA's annual exhibition shows why - it's ever changing and offers so much to interpret and capture. The show (10-19 October) features some 400 works by RSMA members as well as a new generation of artists who share their passion for seascapes. Their works are made in a wide range of styles, sizes and media and capture the many moods of sea and coast - with some river scenes too.

Mariquita and Marietta Off St Tropez by Brian Jones
Thames Barges, first light, by Benjamin Mowll
The City from Waterloo Bridge, Benjamin Mowll
Hauling and Towing, Deep Sea Trawling 1960s by Jenny Morgan
Deborah Walker's Sunlight and Shadows
Following Shamrock by John Scott Martin
Duncan Palmar, Reflections on Traeth Llanddwyn, Anglesey
Making the Amber Pacific, by Tony Williams
Ocean Lady escorted to Thames Estuary by Fred Beckett
Safe Harbour by Moira Huntly
Rain Approaching Hartlepool's Historic Headand by Jo Summers-Haidee
Dockside, Moira Huntly, gouache 38x30cm
The RSMA is recognised as the focal point for much of Britain's finest contemporary marine art and many of the country's leading marine artists are among its elected members.
The common theme of the October exhibition is the sea and tidal waters. Subjects range from deep water shipping to coastal scenes, competitive sailing to quiet harbours, marine wildlife to still-life. 
All works are sale.
Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition
10 to 19 October, 10am to 5pm 
Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1