Since the beginning, we have always had more painters among the Academicians than any other discipline. Today, over 30 RAs are painters, including Michael Craig-Martin, Tess Jaray, Barbara Rae and Jenny Saville.
Wolfgang Tillmans RA
Wolfang Tillmans studied at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art (1990 – 1992). He was the first photographer and non-British artist to win the Turner Prize (2000) and was awarded the Kulturpreis der Deutschen Gesellschaft fur Photographie in 2009.
Born in Remscheid, Germany, he held his first exhibitions in Hamburg, before moving to London in the 1990s where he soon became known for his intimate photographs, documenting his life and capturing the social and political nuances of youth culture at the time.
One of the most influential photographers of his generation, he draws on a diverse range of subject matter and techniques, configuring works of varying scales and materiality in non-hierarchical site-specific installations.
I think the beauty and excitement of painting is its potential to present a world for the viewer to inhabit, without instructions as to how to negotiate and understand it.
Fiona Rae RA