Artist Svetlana Cameron in Prestigious London Exhibition

Two latest portraits by renowned local artist Svetlana Cameron are going on public display at the famous Bankside Gallery in London from 6 to 18 June. Both artworks are privately commissioned portraits of children executed in Svetlana’s award-winning conte & pastel technique which brought her international success and received accolades in competitions in the UK, France, Russia and USA.

The exhibition will feature works by selected members of the Society of Graphic Fine Art – the only national society in the UK dedicated exclusively to drawing. Founded in 1919, the Society promotes fine drawing skills in both traditional and contemporary media. Today it has more than 130 elected members across Britain, professional artists from all areas of the art world who work in all drawing and printmaking media.

 “I am delighted to have an opportunity to show my works to a wide audience at such a prestigious London venue, right next door to Tate Modern. This is the second time I have been invited to exhibit at the Bankside Biennial alongside some of Britain’s finest graphic artists. I made my debut appearance in 2015 with the artwork titled ‘Manx Folk Dancer’ which was very well received and subsequently sold to a private collector”.

Opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1980, Bankside is the Gallery of the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS), and the Royal Society of Painter‑Printmakers (RE). It is situated in central London on the south bank of the River Thames, just across the Millennium Bridge from St Paul’s Cathedral and the City of London.


Exhibition dates: 6 – 18 June

Address: Bankside Gallery, Thames Riverside, 48 Hopton Street, London. SE1 9JH | 020 7928 7521

Isle of Man Art News – 22 May 2017

OK, this is not ideal. I’ve got absolutely stacks to tell you about and a zillion pics but I’m out of time to get the news written properly this week due to other pressing commitments. So this is a bit of a cop out really but I’ll make up for it next week!

There’s loads of great stuff on at the moment. In particular do go and see ‘Catch and Release’ at The Isle Gallery. I was there earlier today (Sunday) and it really is a lovely show. Also, from Wednesday, you can see some of Roger Dean’s gorgeous pictures at The Sayle Gallery – some of which have not been shown before on the Island. It’s a lovely selection and will be well worth a look. Don’t forget that if you go along to Islexpo at the Villa Marina on Wednesday you can see the Pecha Kucha’s from 6.45pm in the Garden Hub followed by Roger Dean and Dave Mousley’s ‘fireside chat’ at 7.45pm (should be really interesting). If you register you will get a delegate bag which will have one of the ‘Yes’ logos in – if you collect all 4 you can take them along to Roger for an autograph. They’ll look great framed up  🙂

I also went along to Ramsey Grammar School this week where their Art Student’s show is up. I really wanted to do this justice so I’m saving it for next week, however, the show is only on for the next couple of weeks. The public can go and see it but as it’s a teaching environment and there are likely to be classes in progress, please contact Gerry Quinn on 491016 to arrange a time to see the work if you’d like to visit.

Here are a few pics to keep you going until next week!


Dates for your Diary


23 May – Sarah Hendy’s arts show ‘Spotlight’ on Manx Radio, 5.30 – 6.00pm (and every Wednesday)

On now– REM-EMBERS EMBLAZONED – David Maddrell at Studio 42 (and lots of other lovely work too…)

On now – Hodgson Loom / Isle of Man Art Festival show featuring 14 Artists

On now – “This is Summer” exhibition at the House of Manannan

On now and throughout the TT period –  ‘Thirty-Seven and Three Quarters’ – photographic exhibition by James Marvin at The Sayle Gallery; and 24 May – 15 June Roger Dean’s paintings at The Sayle

On now – ‘Catch and Release’ at the Isle Gallery – Nick Barlow and Julie Roberts

24/25 May – Islexpo at the Villa Marina – Roger Dean from 7.45pm on the 24th in the Garden Hub – Pecha Kucha’s from 6.45pm.


Have a great week!

Jane x


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Lynsey Clague – ‘Summer Afternoon on Douglas Promenade’

Lynsey Clague is Communications Manager at Manx National Heritage. She is also well known for her work at Glen Truan in the North of the Isle of Man.



‘Summer Afternoon on Douglas Promenade’ has to be one of my favorite paintings of the island. It’s creator, John Miller Nicholson captured a magical moment in time – the warmth of a summer’s afternoon, the double track horse trams and holiday makers walking up and down the seafront back in 1888.

The painting shows Douglas Promenade from the former location of the Rendevouz Cafe, on the corner of Castle Street and Church Road in Douglas, and looks along Harris Promenade and Loch Promenades towards the Jubilee Clock.

In the background a large plume of smoke is visible from an Isle of Man Steam Packet Company vessel about to depart for Liverpool.

This beautiful view can still be enjoyed to this day, although if you’d like to admire the original oil on canvas, call into the National Art Gallery at the Manx Museum. High quality framed prints are available to order by searching ‘Summer Afternoon’ on

Nicholson was a man of many talents, who produced a wealth of art during his career. He recorded and captured the world and people around him, capturing moments in time, industry, innovation and progress – something I particularly admire.

His early water colours were almost photographic representations of the Isle of Man he saw in the 1870s. Rather than scenic or timeless views of the Manx countryside, Nicholson recorded the detail of daily life from boats loading and unloading on the South Quay by the Douglas town gasworks to tourists in rowing boats and swimming by Douglas Head lighthouse.

Following a trip to Venice in 1882, Nicholson’s artwork became more impressionistic. Instead of trying to record every last detail of a scene, Nicholson wanted to capture the ever changing light and a fleeting moment in time.

He was the son of a painter and decorator, following his father into the family firm – an occupation he followed until his death in 1913. Following early encouragement from his mother, he also pursued his lifelong love of art.

“…the success he achieved in dealing with colour…accurate in drawing and in the weights of colour; full of a knowledge of light…His skill with pigments was perfect; no modern painter has it in an equal degree…” Archibald Knox (1913).

Take a moment out of your day to visit the paintings in the National Art Collection at the Manx Museum. It’s free to visit and offers a peaceful escape to admire and love art.

Lynsey Clague

May 2017