I am extremely pleased to announce that I have been accepted as an associate member of the Society of Graphic Fine Arts (SGFA).
A special trip to London meant leaving a chunky portfolio of artwork with the selection committee:
When you walk into a room of strangers and hand over £15k of artwork on trust. That.
— Neil Dixon (@neildixon) May 9, 2015
The requirements stated up to 9 works, plus prep drawings or sketchbooks. Just as I was pulling out of Fleet services on the M3, just over half way to my destination, I realised I had forgotten to include my sketchbooks.
My piece from 2010 “The Line“, shown above, managed to overcome that embarrassing omission. The selection committee loved that work in particular and made a number of well observed comments about its execution and the various decisions made during its creation. I was quite impressed with what they had spotted.
Now the work begins to move from associate to full member of the society. I’m not entirely sure what that entails at this point, but active participation is likely to play a big part.
Some of the regular society activities consist of group “drawing days”. Of course, most are in London (though there is one in Bristol next month), so I may get something organised in a more rurally-civilised part of the world down here.
For now, though, more drawing, more promotion, more getting the hell on with more art. Oh, and an awful lot of framing works that have been in storage for the past few years.
Second time around
This is not the first time I have been accepted into the society. I was selected in 2010, but I soon took an extended hiatus from creating art and therefore allowed my membership to lapse. That previous membership held no sway on the latest decision, and I had to reapply in the same way, along with a number of others, to get back in.
(This post was originally published at http://neildixon.com/)