Ryan Glyndwr Davies witnesses the Summer Exhibition 2012 at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Time and tide wait for no man. Neither it seems did the wave of art that pre-empted the summer solstice to unofficially mark the start of summer with the beginning of this year’s Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, one of the most awaited and prestigious art shows of the calendar.
Following its own tradition the Royal Academy of Arts has handed over its gallery spaces to a host of unknown and very known artists fortunate enough to make the selection. Depending on how you approach it, the Summer Exhibition can be seen as a visual extravaganza or a an energy sapping marathon-
This year’s entries encompass assorted mediums; paint, architecture, print and sculpture to name a few. All tastes and price levels are catered for here. As you would expect the standard of the works on show is generally very high, although a minority do seem amateurish though with a naive charm. Housed within the centrepiece gallery, the works here have been hung in a wave-
The Welsh entries, be they home grown or by influence –
Above all this setting offers the opportunity to ask the question of the Welsh art on show: does it travel? The answer to this question is a resounding yes. The works are a true sign of the diversity and quality of the Welsh art that continues to emerge and flow over its borders. A pleasing sight indeed.