AN Akeley artist has been chosen to have her work shown at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition.
Alexandra Buckle, of Capel Close, was among 11,000 people who submitted art to the exhibition. Her lino print, Gold Pavilion, is among hundreds of works on display.
On her blog, Mrs Buckle said: “I’ve been attending Zoe Day’s classes at Buckingham Art School for just over a year now. One lesson I was particularly fascinated by last year was the lino printing class where we learned to do reduction prints with more than one colour of ink. This process suited me perfectly – the right mix of precision and logical thinking was required to achieve perfect results. After the class I bought myself all the equipment required and reeled off lots more designs, including one I called Gold Pavilion in a Japanese style which is an incredibly complicated design involving five colours.
“After hearing that several students at Buckingham Art School were planning to enter the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, I thought I would try my luck too. My main artistic focus this year has been with portraits, so I painted a self portrait especially for the exhibition and I also chose to enter my Gold Pavilion lino print as I was so pleased with it.
“I delivered my work along with a few other hopeful Buckingham Art students on March 29, knowing that I wouldn’t find out whether I’d been successful for at least two months. That two month wait for the results is excruciatingly long – so long in fact that it is easy to forget all about the fact you have entered. However one weekend I arrived home from a day spent with family to discover a letter from the Royal Academy sat waiting for me on the door mat. With some trepidation I sat holding the letter for a while, knowing that I was about to face a rejection and I wanted to ready myself for the disappointment. I finally ripped open the envelope and the first item I remove is a small card that looks like an invite – I notice the words ‘Varnishing Day’ in bold. I tell myself not to get too excited at this stage as it’s possible that every entrant gets an invite like this one...
“So I slowly unfold the accompanying letter and the first thing I noticed was the title GOLD PAVILION in capitals within the first paragraph. I quickly scan the first sentence, still not wanting to get prematurely excited... ‘With more than 11,000 entries, the competition was extremely strong.’ Just as I start to think I have got my hopes up, the letter continues: ‘However I am delighted to inform you that you work GOLD PAVILION has been selected and hung in the exhibition.’
“I’m completely stunned! Some people try for years to get work in and don’t succeed and I’ve succeeded on my first attempt!”
The exhibition runs until August 15.