Painting the sea: Royal Society of Marine Artists

Painting the sea: Royal Society of Marine Artists

If you feel the call of the ocean but don't have the sea on your doorstep..well, art can help with the yearnings. The Royal Society of Marine Artists is holding its annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London and this year's works will transport you to just where you'd like to be

Peter Wileman's Fastnet

Painting The Sea runs at the Mall Galleries in central London from 5-14 October. With some 400 works on show, expect a wide range of painting styles and depictions from artists including Peter Wileman (his painting, Fastnet, is pictured above), Robert Brindley and Elizabeth Smith. All works will be on sale, prices from £250

'I must go down to the seas today, to the lonely sea and the sky....' Lots of us can recite at least the first line of John Masefield's poem Sea Fever, which is testament to the strong and atavistic call of the sea. Childhood memories invariably feature family trips to the beach, and lots of us will recall happy times spent walking the coastline (in adulthood that is, we all hate being dragged on walks as kids...) or bobbing about on the water.
 
The Society of Marine Artists' 2017 exhibition will delight water lovers as it celebrates everything that's wonderful and inspiring about the sea and seaside places. Some 400 works, many by the most celebrated contemporary marine artists, evoke the spirit of the sea whether it's sailing on the high seas or rock pooling on a Cornish beach in summer.
 
 
Summer Afternoon on the Beach by Elizabeth Smith
Evening, Grand Canal, Rialto, Venice by Robert Brindley
Bridge House, Whitby by Gillian Roberts
Stormy Evening, Land's End, by Margaret Heath
Martin Swan's Sea, Sand and Ice Cream
The Sound of Raasay by Peter Barker
This is a selling exhibition and works are available from £250. 
 
Shimmering Light at Low Water - Staithes by David Curtis
A Hopeful Location by Abraham Lorraine
Racing the Clouds Home by Douglas Gray
Moorings II by Moira Huntly
Ivan Lapper's Last of the Light
Gareth Brown's Sea Flora
Exhibition open 5 to 14 October
10am to 5pm
Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
 
And should you want to learn (or relearn) to recite the whole poem..
 
Sea Fever
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
 
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied; 
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
 
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
 
.
.
.