Issue Date: 05/06/2018
Issue Name: The Royal Academy of Arts
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) is a charity that serves to promote art and artists. It is an independent body and does not receive funding from the Government, instead relying wholly on the support of visitors, friends, Patrons, donors and sponsors. Founded in 1768, the mission of the RA is to promote the enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and give a platform for artists. It runs public exhibitions and gives talks, encouraging debates to further these aims. Our lovely cover features the painting 'Public Opinion' by George Bernard O'Neill, a Royal Academy artist. The picture shows a private view of the annual exhibition of the Royal Academy. It has the full set of 6 stamps, each featuring a contemporary artists work and has a London W1 postmark (this is where the Royal Academy is situated).
The definition of art has been constantly evolving and developing for hundreds of years, from ancient cave paintings through to the classical masters and on to conceptual modern art today. It is still a subject that firmly divides opinion and creates debate, provoking emotion and thought, whether they are positive or negative.
Grayson Perry CBE RA is an English artist well known for his ceramic artwork and tapestries. His vases will often show a complex and serious subject in a bright and colourful way that jars with the subject in order to provoke thought through an approachable medium such as ceramics.
Barbara Davis Rae CBE RA is an English painter and printmaker. Rae’s early travel experiences in France and Spain (and subsequent travel) has inspired her artwork which focuses on abstract landscapes, with a particular interest in the history and the influence people can have on a particular place.
Norman Ackroyd CBE RA is an English artist famous for his work with aquatint; a type of etching on a copper or zinc plate. Originally known for his landscapes, artworks featuring places that are now uninhabited, Ackroyd’s work ranging from very detailed images through to quite abstract shapes.
Fiona Rae RA is a British artist, well known for her abstract paintings which focus on the bright shapes, typography and symbols of the modern era but abstracted with marks and gestures with the brush that are more familiar in abstract painting, creating a style that almost defies definition, striking a certain chord and referencing different things to each person. Rae became one of the first female Professors of Painting at the Royal Academy Schools in 2011.
Yinka Shonibare MBE RA is a British-Nigerian artist famous for his artworks which are often sculptural which use very brightly coloured fabric and patterns which explores the issues of race, class and cultural identity. Previously he has re-created figures in poses from famous paintings, such as ‘The Swing’ by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, with the clothes made in brightly coloured fabrics and patterns.
Tracey Emin CBE RA is an English artist well known for her conceptual and often confessional artwork which focuses on her life and experiences. Emin uses a range of media to create her artworks including drawing, sculpture, painting and photography. One of her most famous artworks was ‘My Bed’ which was an installation of her own unmade bed in which she had spent several weeks. This artwork at the time provoked a lot of debate and media attention. Tracey Emin also became one of the first female Professors of Painting at the Royal Academy Schools along with Fiona Rae in 2011.
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Barbara Davis Rae CBE RA is a British painter and printmaker. She is a member of the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy of Arts.
Kathleen Soriano has been a judge on Sky Arts 'Artist of the Year' and is a former Director of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts.