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Royal Institute exhibits local lockdown Musicians

Updated: Jan 7, 2022

Ukulele Jam On-line Zoom Meeting
Ukulele Jam On-line Zoom Meeting

An oil painting by a local artist Andrew Curtis has been selected to hang alongside those of Britain’s leading painters in this year’s Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.

His work "Ukulele Jam On-line Zoom Meeting" was a project born out of lockdown. It consists of 45 small canvasses painted of Ukejam who meet to play together online since Lockdown. "My artwork is usually inspired by my travels" says Andrew "I seldom, if ever, work from photographs, so this is a bit of a departure from what I normally do".

The piece depicts the Guildford group together with musicians from as far afield as Montana, USA in oils on small canvasses. Together the paintings become an interesting study of the visual aspects of social media, making the most of distortions of light and colour to provide a vibrant and diverse whole.

Adam Wolters, the organiser of the Ukejam Zoom sessions, said "it is a wonderful outcome for an artwork we have seen grow over this odd period in our lives, looking at the paintings, it feels like Ukejam".

Below is the link to view the exhibition and events online, and book tickets to visit:

Note that tickets to attend should be booked in advance. Exhibitors may book free of charge by choosing the ticket option, Individual Tickets > Exhibiting Artist; while your invitees may use the promotional code ‘ROI-VIP’ for free entry.

Finally, herewith a reminder of the important dates for your diary:

Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition 2021

Private View: Tuesday 23 November, 2pm to 8pm, official opening at 3pm

Exhibition opens: Wednesday 24 November, 10am to 5pm

Paint Live Challenge: Saturday 27 November, 10am to 5pm (booking required, see our website for details)

Art Event Evening: Tuesday 30 November, 6pm to 8:30pm (booking required, see our website for details)

Exhibition closes: Sunday 5 December, 1pm


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