Thank you for visiting the Dorking Group of Artists’ website.

The year since my election as Chairman of the DGA in November 2013 has flown by, and I am glad to say we have had yet again a fantastic year of weekly activities at Beare Green, a lovely summer programme painting the 'great outdoors', and of course our two very successful exhibitions in May and October.
Previously I was Exhibition Secretary for seven years, and  I know many of the members and their work through their submissions to our twice yearly exhibitions. I am looking forward to continuing to maintain the high standards in our exhibitions and the excellent Winter and Summer programmes of weekly events which offer  opportunities for people who want to rekindle their interest in art,  try out different media, or to work ‘en plein air’ in the summer for the first time with a group of like minded friendly people.
We hope you find our website informative. We always welcome new members with the new ideas, skills and inspiration that they bring to what is already a progressive, forward thinking Art Group.
Our next exhibition of new and original artwork will be held at Betchworth Village Hall, from Friday 1st May to Monday 4th May 2015.
To find out more information about the Dorking Group of Artists, please continue to browse through the site.
Jane Anderson Wood, Chairman

Dorking Group of Artists

We have invited eminent artist Ken Howard OBE, RA to officially open our Spring Exhibition on the 1st May at Betchworth Village Hall. He will be choosing the Chairman’s Prize winner, and presenting awards to the Annual Exhibition Visitors Vote winner, the Denbies Award winner, and the Chairman’s Prize winner.

'Ken Howard was born in London. He studied at the Hornsey College of Art (1949–53) and the Royal College of Art (1955–58). In 1958 he won a British Council Scholarship to Florence. He spent his National Service in the Royal Marines (1953–55). In 1973 and 1978 he was the Official War Artist to Northern Ireland, and 1973–80 worked in various locations, including Hong Kong, Cyprus and Canada with the British Army. In 1983 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy (ARA). In 1984 he became a member of the Royal Academy, and in 1988 President of the New English Art Club. In 1991 he was elected a Royal Academician (RA).He paints in a "traditional" manner, based on strong observation and a high degree of draughtsmanship combined with tonal precision. The depiction of light is a strong and recurrent element of his work. A notable theme is the nude model in his studio. Another theme is a city scene, such as Venice, with emphasis placed on the reflection of light from puddles after rain. He has said:“ I was brought up in London surrounded by railway yards and factories. This has very much influenced the use of horizontal and vertical structures and lines in my work. I am not a landscape painter, but rather a vertical horizontal and linear painter, which is why I have a passion for the lines that occur within my studios, and include them in my paintings. When I study a model, I think of that figure not in rhythmical terms, but in vertical or horizontal positions and planes.”

Ken Howard paintings are in numerous private and public collections including the National Army Museum, Guildhall Art Gallery, Ulster Museum and Imperial War Museum.’

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Congratulations to DGA member Chris Forsey for winning the Frank Herring Easel Award for his painting "Puss in Souk" at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours 2015 Exhibition! Well done Chris! Don't forget his one man exhibition at the Lincoln Joyce Gallery, 11th April to 2nd May, "Clear Perspectives".
Private View Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th April. Chris will be doing a demonstration on Saturday 11th April in the Barn Hall from 2pm.

'Lillies' by Claire Sears
The October Exhibition Visitors Vote was won by Claire Sears for her painting 'Lillies'.