Annual exhibition celebrates the seaHauling the Trawl – Sidewinder Trawlers, by JF Morgan

Generations of artists have sought inspiration from the sea and that tradition continues today as the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition features around four hundred paintings, with a large number documenting commercial fishing and fishermen at work.

In recognition of the number of artists documenting commercial fisheries, there is a prize of £500 for a work in any medium depicting commercial fishing and is sponsored by Murray’s Accounting Services, a family firm of accountants based in Chesham.

The Winner will be announced online on 30th September. All works for sale.

The Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) is widely recognised as the focal point for much of Britain’s finest contemporary marine art and many of the country’s leading marine artists are elected members of the Society.

The common theme is the sea and tidal waters although, within that remit, members’ work is wide and varied. Subjects range from deep water shipping to coastal scenes, competitive sailing to quiet harbours, marine wildlife to still-life. Some members specialise in carefully researched historical paintings; others paint en plein air, attempting to capture the essence of the scene at a particular moment in time; yet others work in their studio from copious notes and sketches made on location.

The Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition is open from 30th September to 10th October, at Mall Galleries, or the exhibition can be viewed online from 1st September on the gallery’s website.

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