For almost 250 years The Royal Academy of Arts has been throwing open its doors to both established and emerging or lesser known artists, to submit their work for the Summer Exhibition. Their summer show is the largest open submission event of its kind. This year centres on diversity and is curated by painter and printmaker Eileen Cooper.
Around 10,000 entries are whittled down to 1,000 and the show provides an opportunity for lesser known artists to hang their work alongside famous names, such as Tracey Emin and Michael Craig-Martin.
With a number of limited addition prints for under £500, it’s also an amazing opportunity to snap up a reasonably priced work, to add colour and interest to your interior. If you are after an original work, Devas Designs spotted some very affordable artworks by emerging artists.
Here's a round-up of some of our favourites by both the famous and the not so famous ...
If your wallet doesn’t stretch to such high profile names a number of other works are within reach, or just wander at leisure through the gallery and enjoy the incredible selection on display this year, as we did.
We liked the simplicity and poetic reference to love and literature by Stephen Chambers ...
We also loved the soft tones in these paintings by Trevor Sutton as well as the prints by Ian McNicol.
These works by Neill Kidgell and Francis Ryan also caught our eye.
We were also attracted to this pastel by Jeannette Hayes for just £1,500. Further reasonably priced originals, in a variety of shades and colours are available to buy online - click here to read more about her.
Vanessa Jackson has a series of abstract oil paintings, which are bright, colourful and uplifting.
This year a new category was established to highlight the important role of Architects in creating ‘construction co-ordination’ drawings for their practice. Termed ‘instruction based art’ the work can be seen in the Large Weston Room and we want to congratulate Swiss based architect Frank Roskothen whose ‘Restoration Island’ has been selected. The work now hangs alongside the work of architects such as Herzog & de Meuron and a personal favourite Ron Arad.
See Frank Roskothen's plan below ...
The Summer Exhibition 2017 at The Royal Academy of Arts is open until 20 August 2017.