RA Summer Exhibition 2016

The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition is one of our favourite events on London’s art calendar. The exhibition is now in its 248th year. The diversity of its display never fails to amaze and this year is no exception.

Here are some of our highlights from this year’s Summer show …

We loved these two works by Joe Tilson. The oil painting on the left mimics a postcard and envelope, while the screen print on the right shows the Santa Maria dei Miracle church in Venice. 

Having been a founding figure of British Pop art in the early 1960s, Tilson’s time in Italy and Greece in the 1970s-80s dramatically changed his style. He began focusing more on Classicism, taking inspiration from ancient mythology to develop his signature style. The bright colours of this painting hark back to his Pop style, while the work’s subject matter is based on these travels.

Like Tilson, Gillian Ayres is a frequent Summer show exhibitor and we always enjoy spotting her work. She is one of Britain’s most important abstract artists and she is still creating works with a lyrical abstraction. Her work used to be known for its thick impasto paint heavy with texture, now her work has become smoother and cleaner. It is her colours however which we love, they are bright, sharp and cheerful.


Jim Dine’s work also stood out for us. The American painter is a prolific artist and as well as producing paintings, drawings and prints he also illustrates books and has worked on stage designs. The woodcut on the left has been hand painted and distressed with power tools. His work is often multilayered, and includes repeated imagery and painted forms. We loved the energy and expression in his abstract painted forms in these images, they would bring colour and dynamism to an interior.

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is open until 21st August - don't miss it!