Alice Mumford RWA:
The David Simon Contemporary Award
2 - 30 November 2018
In Autumn last year The Royal West of England Academy held its 165th Annual Open Exhibition, featuring work by emerging and established painters. The David Simon Contemporary Award was given to Alice Mumford, after singling out her painting from a selection of over 600 works of art. A solo exhibition of some twenty new paintings have been created for this show, giving a strong and focussed selection which have been a year in the making.
Alice Mumford, a graduate of Camberwell School of Art, Southwark College of Art and Dartington Hall, has been based in Cornwall for the past 30 years. An admirer of Bonnard, Matisse and Winifred Nicholson, Mumford takes full advantage of the particular Cornish light and is known for her extreme competence in interpreting this through her favoured still lifes and interior subjects.
Professor Richard Demarco CBE explains what he enjoys about her work – “Her brush strokes animate the surface of paper, canvas and board. The light of day is a basic and integral part of creation. Alice Mumford sees it as a blessing. Her chosen objects are certainly not still. They have a shimmering quality suggesting almost imperceptible movement.”
Alice paints as if there is a light coming from within the canvas, and in seeing the work in the flesh, one appreciates her skill in handling paint in this mysterious way.