This year I am really pleased to have had four paintings selected for the show.
All my paintings this year focus on the effect of light in urban spaces. I decided to explore the mystery of shadows and radiant light.
|Rupert Street, Soho, 18" x 9", Oil on Board, 2014|
|Summer Heat, Edinburgh, 16" x 20", Oil on canvas, 2014|
This is a scene from an Edinburgh Street in the blazing afternoon in Summer. I tried my best to move totally from the normal local colours of a scene like this to a warm blazed colour scheme. I was drawn to the scene because of the reflective wall on the right. It almost seemed like a scene with in the scene. I thought it added a lot of drama to what would have been an ordinary street scene.
|Morning Light, Sloane Square, 20" x 30", Oil on canvas, 2014|
This is a scene from Sloane Square. For those of you conversant with my blog, you'll know I love Sloane Square! I can paint this area all year through. This time I was totally mesmerized by the powerful radiant morning light from the right side of Sloane Square Station. It was the abstract shape and it's effect on the few figures emerging from the Station in the morning that made it irresistible for me!
|Summer Shadows, Marylebone, 8" x 20", Oil on board, 2014|
And the last painting I have in the show is a scene from Marylebone. The one thing that drew me in here was the back lighting! Everything was in pure silhouette apart from the sky and the effect of light on the foreground. I just love when light explodes in the background of an urban space in this fashion!
|Adebanji with "Summer Heat, Edinburgh" at the ROI Annual Exhibition 2014|
The whole exhibition is a visual feast! If you are in London or around London and you love oil paintings, take a trip down to the Mall Galleries for this great show, you'll enjoy it! But if you can't make it you can see some of the works online by clicking HERE.