Royal Institute of Oil Painters: annual exhibition

Royal Institute of Oil Painters: annual exhibition

If you're Christmas shopping in the capital, make time to visit the Mall Galleries where you'll be amazed by the skill of Britain's most talented painters working in oils. This exhibition covers varied genres, including landscapes and still life

By Noah Dugall
Jeremy Barlow's Burnham Overy Staithe

Jeremy Barlow's Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk is an exquisite, almost photorealistic painting, on sale at £7,500. It measures 70x80cms. The Royal Institute of Oil Painters' annual exhibition takes place at the Mall Galleries from 11-21 December.

We love paintings and value them (well, the good ones..) so highly in part because we consider them permanent...a walk through any of the world's great galleries confirms that paintings can have a many centuries' long shelf life.

And oil is the medium most associated with longevity, and many of us tend to feel the heavyweight artist, the great artist, is one who paints in oils.

To see - and buy -  some of the extraordinary work by contemporary artists working in oils, don't miss the Royal Institute of Oil Painters' annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in central London between 11-21 December.

Nicholas Verrals' Campo Santa Margherita Autumnm 67x134cms, £8,250
John McCombs' Winter Morning Sunlight Delph 33x50cms, £950
Andrew King, Summer Haze & Cattle Norfolk, 22x48 cms. £850
Morning Snow Mill Lane 40x47cms, £845. By David Pilgrim
Hampstead Heath Viaduct by Chrisopher Keavys, 16x24cms, £850
John Sprakes' Pond, 118x118cms, £4,000
Brian Ryder, Evenlight Pensthorpe, 47x47cms. £1,300

Landscapes and the seasons feature prominently in the 300 or so works on display, with the beauty of Norfolk brought into sharp focus by Jeremy Barlow, while Nicholas Verrall's painting Campo Santa Margherita Autumn induces an end of year yearning to be in Venice.

Other artists whose work has won them strong followings include Lucy McKieAndrew KingPeter Wileman and Brian Ryder.

Rockflight by Helen Hale. 53x103cms. £1,975
Shaded Approach by Roy Freer, 40x50cms, £1,500
Storm Passing the Western Isles by Peter Wilman 76x102cms. £4,500
A beautiful still life - Blush Pears by Lucy McKie
Studio by Stephanie Pijper

The Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI..not to be confused with Return-On-Investment) comprises professional and amateur artists, the majority of whom are British.

The institute was founded in 1882 and was given its Royal status in 1909. Its present patrons are Michael Portillo and Maureen Lipman.

The Mall Galleries are on The Mall, close to Admiralty Arch.