Adrian Hill Fine Art

Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers

The Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers was founded in 1896 by Alyn Williams who was the first President, a position he occupied until 1898, and then again from 1908 until 1941. The Society’s Inaugural Exhibition, held in 1896 in the Modern Gallery, was the first to be devoted exclusively to contemporary miniatures and was an immediate success. King Edward VII granted the Royal Charter in 1905. In 1926 the RMS extended its welcome to other forms of miniature art. Recognition of this wider scope was officially confirmed when Sculptors and Gravers were added to its name by Royal Command of King George V.

The Society’s Aims are to Esteem, Protect and Practise the traditional 16th Century art of miniature work, emphasizing the infinite patience needed for its fine techniques.

Biography

Ray Winder PRMS

I was born and still live in Surrey, have been married for 38 years, have three children and three grandchildren (soon to be four!). I consider myself very fortunate to have such a stable and loving family.

I enjoyed painting and drawing from as long ago as primary school when an end of year report stated ‘he’s good with his hands’. The lack of comment on the more academic subjects was perhaps rather telling! With the encouragement of my art teacher, I eventually managed to persuade my parents to allow me to do a degree course in graphic design at the then Kingston School of Art. These were four happy years that opened my eyes to design and creativity although by the final year I realised illustration was my path. Within two weeks of leaving college, I had an agent and was now a ‘professional artist’!

Those early days however were a steep learning curve with tight deadlines and frequently having to work through the night to finish a job. Producing art to order proved to be an excellent discipline with mastery of technique crucial. After some twenty years or so (and the advent of computers for photo manipulation!) I found myself wanting to explore new areas and began working more in 3D and with wood, producing both large scale carved pieces and much smaller bespoke trophies and architectural models in wood. I now mainly work on my own personal ideas.

It was the 2013 exhibition of the Royal Miniature Society that opened my eyes to ‘miniature art’ and I became an Associate member in 2015 and Full member in 2017. For someone who had always painted in a traditional realistic way and often quite small it was inspiring and gave me a new focus and desire to start painting again. Although much of my work is now sculpture based, I do enjoy painting and will often combine the two. Pushing the boundaries, trying new ideas and subjects is, I think, essential to keep Art fresh and interesting.

Elected the new President of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers in 2020 I am absolutely delighted and honoured. I believe the RMS is still the foremost miniature art society in the world with some truly exceptional artists, but I also think we must not be complacent if we are to thrive. To look to the future and not just the past.

 

Karyn Wiggill MASSA BAASA RMS

Karyn is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and has a Bachelor of Social Science degree.

 Karyn has no formal education in art but has been drawing from an early age. She is a member of the Miniature Art Society of South Africa (MASSA) and the Botanical Artists Association of Southern Africa (BAASA). She is a Full Member of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Engravers.

She has won numerous awards both locally and internationally. MASF Exhibitions (Best Work by a Young Artist, First: Human Figure, Third: Drawing & Pastel & First: Drawing & Pastel). MPSGS (Honourable Mention), Best Drawing at WFM, Russia & Award of Excellence WFM, South Africa. Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Engravers – Group Award, Elizabeth Meek Award and Gold Bowl Honourable Mention.

Her work appears in two publications, Strokes of Genius 5: Composition and Art Journey Animals: A Collection of Inspiring Contemporary Masterworks. 

 

Paul Eaton VPRMS MAA

 Paul was born 1955 in London and soon moved to the countryside in the Surrey Hills. This is where his love of wildlife started and has enabled him to produce sculpture with absolute finite detail. He is a professional Goldsmith and Silversmith and his sculpture forms part of his business in the UK.
 

Paul carves his original sculptures from wax, which are then cast in either solid bronze or silver. A mould is taken from the original, which he produces more waxes to cast individually. Every sculpture is hand finished by Paul meaning that each piece is individual and unique.


Over the last 10 years Paul has entered and been invited to enter Miniature Art Exhibitions all over the world, Paul has won awards for his sculptures and has also been lucky enough to have Societies offer him signature membership and carry their initials after his name. The two most prestigious sets of initials that Paul is honoured with are Vice President for Sculpture for The Royal Miniature Society (VPRMS) and he is a Miniature Artist of America (MAA). All his awards and exhibitions can be seen on his sculpture website.

 

Claire Russel BA RMS MASF MPSGS

 Claire Russell is an international award-winning artist and bespoke picture framer based in Gloucestershire, specialising in frame restoration and gilding. She uses her extensive knowledge of gilding to create her Verre Églomisé pieces, combining her life-long love of drawing and art education.

Pronounced Verr Egg-loam-eezay, it is a term used to describe the application of gold leaf on glass using a gelatine adhesive (gold size). Designs are drawn into the gold leaf with a fine needle creating minute detail. The drawing side is the reverse side, and the final image is viewed through the glass, the opposite way around. 

Claire became a full member of the Royal Miniature Society (RMS) in 2018 and became a member of the Miniature Society of Florida (MASF) receiving an award for her Botanical work ‘Autumn’s Bounty’. 
 
For the 2019 Miniature Art Society of Florida exhibition, Claire received an award of second place in the Bird category for her work ‘Pleasant Pheasant’ and the Gold Memorial Bowl Honourable Mention award for her piece ‘Nap Time’ at the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers exhibition in London.

Claire wrote an article, ‘Gold Leaf and the Art of Verre Églomisé’ and it was published in the Artist and Illustrators magazine. This led to her appearance on TV’s Channel 4 production of ‘Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas’ where she created a large Verre Églomisé piece, ‘Angel of the Stars’ in episode 11.

 

Andrew Hutchinson RMS

Andrew was born in Guisborough, North Yorkshire in 1961.  After leaving school, he completed an apprenticeship in joinery, and later completed a Diploma course in graphics and illustration.

It was during a spell working as an archaeological illustrator that he met his wife and in 1991 they headed for the Highlands of Scotland where he had always found inspiration in the dramatic and unspoilt beauty of the Cairngorms.  A decade later, however, they and their daughter returned home to his beloved Yorkshire.

Andrew has exhibited his work among many of the world’s top wildlife artists and each autumn stages a one-man show in his hometown of Guisborough.  He is a member of the Royal Society of Miniature Artists, Sculptors and Gravers, receiving the prestigious “HRH Prince of Wales Award for Outstanding Miniature Painting” and the “Anthony Lester Art Critics Award” at the Mall Galleries, London in 2021. 

 In 2017 he was commissioned by the Jersey Post to produce a range of stamps to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the J.S.P.C.A. and, over the years, has been commissioned by many top companies including Bacardi, Penguin Books, HarperCollins, Land Rover, Barclays Bank, Marks and Spencer and the New York Botanical Gardens.  He was especially proud, as a Yorkshireman, to be asked to work with Taylor’s of Harrogate, in producing a range of paintings for their “Yorkshire Tea” brand packaging.

 

Laura Critchlow RMS

Laura is a still life and portrait painter, based in Buxton, Derbyshire.

Laura focuses on painting everyday objects that surround her, spending time observing and honing her skills to master depicting the beauty in day-to-day items. Laura’s work is characterised by her attention to detail. She is inspired by the old masters and is drawn to studying work where light, tone and value create the drama.

Using a limited palette, of often just four colours, Laura mindfully contemplates the objects and depicts what is there in front of her. She aims to draw the viewer into her work, so they too can spend a moment quietly observing an object that very often would be overlooked.

In 2016 Laura was elected and associate member of the Royal Miniature Society, then in 2018 she was granted full membership to the Society. Laura is now an active officer, contributing to the running of the Society as their publicity officer. In 2018 Laura was awarded a Gold Bowl Honourable Mention and the President’s award for a larger piece. Then at the RMS annual exhibition in 2019 Laura was awarded the Best Set of Miniatures Award.

Recently, Laura has exhibited work with the Ruth Borchard Exhibition, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Society of British Artists, ING Discerning Eye Exhibition along with many other exhibitions. Laura’s work is collected all over the world and many pieces have travelled to Europe, America, and Hong Kong.

 

John Arbon RMS

Born 1955, the first encounter with ‘serious art’ was through the efforts of his CSE exam teacher, Gerry Blood FRSA, who in 1971 took pity on his unsuitability for sixth form education and nudged him into Mansfield Art College, his formal education ending three years later when he opted not 

to take up the offer of a place on a BA Fine Art course at Kingston-Upon-Hull.

In 1976, at the pretentiously titled and spectacularly mismanaged ‘Euro Arts and Crafts Exhibition’ in Birmingham, his painting, ‘Rainstorm Approaching’ was awarded a hollow 1st prize as the organisers filed for bankruptcy; the writing on the wall clearly telling John to concentrate on his job as a designer/draughtsman of machine embroidery for a Nottingham firm of textile engineers.

In 1979 a 30-year career as a cartographic draughtsman for the British Geological Survey began. In an environment now ruled by the keyboard and the mouse, John was fortunate to be trained in the use of pen and ink, and the discipline of making marks on paper in the correct place at the first attempt (usually). During this period, he exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions of 1981 and 1991. Release came with early retirement at the end of 2009.                                                                                                                               

Primarily a landscape painter, in 1999 with his wife’s encouragement, John ‘downsized’ and began painting miniatures, exhibiting first locally and then at the biannual Miniature fairs at the Birmingham NEC, where he first saw and admired the work of members of the RMS. 2005 marked his first inclusion here in the annual exhibition; 2006 brought his election to Associate Member and full membership was awarded in 2011. Showing regularly at the RMS he took the Llewellyn Alexander Subject Miniature Award in 2013 and the People’s Choice Award in 2016.

 

 

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