10th June – 12th August 2019
Dear Virginia Pope, We are delighted to inform you that your artwork, WOOL TO WEAVE, has been selected for this year’s exhibition.
Congratulations on your successful entry. With best wishes, The Summer Exhibition Team Royal Academy of Arts
Virginia Pope – Self-taught Westcountry artist inspired by nature, best known as animalier. Virginia works in oil, water colour, pastel and mixed media. Recording with passion the vegetative changes on Dartmoor, respecting and rejoicing in the form and characteristics of animal life.
Virginia learned to draw and paint with the assistance of teddy bears, patient sitters, they exhibited successfully with the Stable Gallery, Wandsworth 1986! Moving on to subjects with a pulse, taking the Drawing Prize with the Society of Equestrian Artists, thence followed commissioned work and further exhibitions.
Most recently, ‘Hooves in the Heather’, September to October 2018 at Tor Royal, Princetown, an exhibition of paintings and book launch.
‘Wool to Weave’ Oil on Tweed 30.5 x 30.5 cm
We have wandered away from wool…
I remember the despairing Dartmoor Farmers during the 70’s, the advent of manmade fibres leaving them with sacks of unwanted, wasted wool. HRH the Duke of Cornwall championed wool then as insulation, continuing today through the fashion industry. Wool is a natural, easily grown, eco-friendly resource – time we wandered back!
I have spent a lifetime observing the tough, adaptable Scottish Blackface sheep that thrive on the top of Dartmoor. I employed an oil laden palette knife to illustrate the wool’s depth and character, onto a support of Donegal tweed made from Scottish Blackface wool.