This year’s Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition once again showcases the work of many of the UK’s most exciting young painters alongside the work of more established names.
This is an opportunity to explore the evolution of oil painting in this country and its fundamental role in the wider art world.
Founded in 1882, the institute was granted royal status by King Edward VII in 1909 and the work of many celebrated artists have graced their walls, from Alma Tadema, Walter Sickert and Laura Knight, to Henri Fantin-Latour and Auguste Rodin. Today, the institute’s membership includes many of the leading oil painters in the UK, amongst them several Royal Academicians.
The ROI takes a keen interest in encouraging the development of young artists, offering valuable prizes such as The Phyllis Roberts Award (worth £2000) and The Winsor & Newton Young Artist Awards, continuing to lay the foundations for future generations to enjoy and achieve artistic expression in oil painting.