Local artists in academy show
THERE is a feast of Thanet talent on display at the Royal Academy of Arts summer exhibition.
Works by Ramsgate artists David Winthrop and Ivor Abrahams, and Broadstairs' Mark Hampson will be on display in London alongside draughtsman David Winthrop, for whom it is third time lucky after submitting drawings for the last two years without success.
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David, 64, retired to Ramsgate four years ago and has found himself busier than ever.
On Wednesday, Day and Faber will exhibit his notebooks and drawings at 14 Old Bond Street.
The thrill of having his drawing accepted into the Royal Academy's summer exhibition heightened his sense of achievement.
It was his piece entitled The History of the World in 39 Arches that impressed the academy's panel of judges.
He said: "To get through 11000 entries and have my work displayed in the Royal Academy is a big deal, as it is such a prestigious show."
He added: "I felt relieved. Because I have this other exhibition coming up, I felt the acceptance by the academy justified the faith others have in me. It is nice to know my work is liked by other people."
A former saxophonist with Supertramp, David has travelled the world, sketching wherever he goes.
He said: "Whenever I was at an airport, I would get my notebook out and start sketching.
"Some people might sit and have a cigarette. I just like to sit and draw.
"I am compelled by it. I draw wherever I go and people always ask me what I am drawing."
Ivor Abrahams, 77, is a regular exhibitor in the show.
A Royal Academician since 1991, Ivor can exhibit up to six pieces of work each year.
His main exhibit this summer is a copy of his sculpture of The Rape Of The Sabine, that he made for the Painshill Park Group.
"I am very happy to have this big piece put into this year's exhibition. There are not many people doing these kinds of sculptures, so it is good that people can see something different."
The original sculpture by Giambologna is on display in Loggia dei Lanzi in Piazza della Signoria, Florence. Ivor had exclusive use of the gallery to measure and photograph the original before returning to London to make his own cast for the original in 1992.
Ivor is also exhibiting prints, drawings and a small sculpture in the Royal Academy's summer exhibition.
He is currently working on a seascape sculpture of Ramsgate's coastline.
The Royal Academy's summer exhibition runs until August 12 in the main galleries of the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly.
Visit www.royalacademy.org.uk for more details.