Our picks from the A-level Summer Exhibition Online

By the RA Team

Published 12 August 2014

As the exhibition draws to a close, we asked three RA members of staff to select their highlight.


A-Level Summer Exhibition Online

summer exhibition



  • Peter Chownsmith, 'Barber Shop: New York'

    Chosen by: Nick Barrett, Visitor Services Supervisor and artist
    Composed almost like a documentary photograph, there is a lot going on in this work. I like the fact that equal attention has been given to the photos and news cuttings surrounding the mirror as well as the various bits of barbershop detritus (it’s like getting 30 images for the price of one). A sense of humour is also important – my eye was especially drawn to the tiny image of the man raising his hat right at the centre of the image.

  • Peter Chownsmith, Barber Shop: New York.

    Pencil on paper. 177 x 105 x 0.05 cm.

  • Nathalie Soo, 'Majestic Landscape'

    Chosen by: Amy Macpherson, Senior Digital Producer
    There’s a lovely luminous quality to this painting - the handling of the paint is reminiscent of watercolour, and the use of colour is confident and sophisticated. The drips and the translucent washes of colour help to evoke the melting humidity of the tropics - you can almost hear the birdsong and insects. I like that the colours aren’t just chocolate box pretty; there’s a muddiness too, in places, which adds to the overall visual complexity of the painting.

  • Nathalie Soo, Majestic Landscape.

    Oil, acrylic, canvas. 175 x 185 x 0.2 cm.

  • Sebastian Fomin, 'Ozysandius'

    Chosen by: Sam Phillips, Editor of RA Magazine
    Sebastian Fomin’s atmospheric photograph, beautiful in itself, relates to an artwork that no longer exists – Ozysandias [a punning reference to the Shelley poem, Ozymandias], his swept circles of sand on West Wittering beach that have long since been taken by the tide. Land Art is often seen as a thing of the past, something from the 1960s and 70s, so it is inspiring to see a young artist embracing it today, working in a mode so epic in its possibilities.

  • Sebastian Fomin, Ozysandias.

    Sand. 3000 x 2000 cm.

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