Ray Balkwill: The River’s Voice

Ray Balkwill: The River’s Voice
Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

When: 07 December 2021 to 26 June 2022
Where: Café at RAMM
Time: 10am - 5pm
Cost: N/A
Suitable for: Any age

The Exe estuary has been the mainspring of Ray Balkwill’s art for over four decades. Ray has always been a strong advocate of painting ‘en plein air’ but for this latest series of paintings he chose to work in the studio from quick sketches. Therefore, this new work is more about the ‘spirit’ of the landscape, rather than the landscape itself. In his mixed media assemblages Ray uses weathered fragments of old boats that have been washed up on the foreshore. Their multi-layered surfaces of neglect and decay reveal great riches; the weather-worn patina becoming the focus of the work itself. These simple, discarded fragments have all known previous lives, yet still speak and invite rebirth.

Born in Exeter, Ray Balkwill is a professional artist who graduated from Exeter College of Art. An Academician in the South West Academy, he has held may successful solo exhibitions, as well as showing in group and open exhibitions including the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and the Royal West of England Academy. Ray is author of seven art books including Ray Balkwill’s Exe Estuary.

The works on show in the exhibition are for sale through the Shop at RAMM. Mounted prints and greeting cards are also available.

Image: Ray Balkwill, SWAc ‘Pools of Gold, Exe Estuary’

Click here to Visit Website

Exhibitions & Projects

  • Shots taken: books, bars and beyond

    Shots taken: books, bars and beyond

    Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

    20 July 2021 to 05 December 2021

    View details

  • We Ha Neck! (a harvest supper): New work by Simon Bayliss

    We Ha Neck! (a harvest supper): New work by Simon Bayliss

    The Burton at Bideford Burton Art Gallery and Museum

    15 October 2021 to 24 December 2021

    View details

  • An English Eye: James Ravilious

    An English Eye: James Ravilious

    The Burton at Bideford Burton Art Gallery and Museum

    06 October 2021 to 30 December 2021

    View details

  • Morgan Giles Centenary Exhibition

    Morgan Giles Centenary Exhibition

    Teign Heritage Centre Home to Teignmouth and Shaldon Museum

    10 August 2021 to 31 December 2021

    View details

  • Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy

    Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy

    The Box, Plymouth

    18 May 2021 to 02 January 2022

    View details

  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

    25 September 2021 to 09 January 2022

    View details

  • Local Art Show 2020: Double Elephant Print Workshop

    Local Art Show 2020: Double Elephant Print Workshop

    Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

    30 November 2021 to 30 January 2022

    View details

  • John Walter: SOUTHCOTTIAN

    John Walter: SOUTHCOTTIAN

    Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

    19 November 2021 to 30 January 2022

    View details

  • Far Side of the World: Torquay's Fijian connection

    Far Side of the World: Torquay's Fijian connection

    Torquay Museum

    02 October 2021 to 05 February 2022

    View details

  • Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters

    Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters

    The Box, Plymouth

    21 October 2021 to 27 February 2022

    View details

  • In Plain Sight: Transatlantic slavery and Devon

    In Plain Sight: Transatlantic slavery and Devon

    Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

    29 January 2022 to 29 May 2022

    View details

  • Ray Balkwill: The River’s Voice

    Ray Balkwill: The River’s Voice

    Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

    07 December 2021 to 26 June 2022

    View details