Nazi super-tanks and North London streets are just two of the subjects of the Law Society Art Group’s 55th exhibition.
Obiter is in a room with striking depictions of Nazi super-tanks and nudes. It can only be the 55th annual exhibition of the Law Society Art Group.
Certainly Gerald Bates’ vivid, rudimentary oil ‘Char Tigre’ is a striking depiction of the largest tank of the second world war, a motif he also explores by placing it on top of a stoneware pot (‘Tactile Pot’).
The nudes, though, (Obiter counted five) tended toward a more traditionally muted palette. Jon Corballis’ oil ‘Portrait’ was Obiter’s favourite.
There are plenty of oil landscapes – perhaps most lawyers’ idea of a ‘proper’ painting? Though perhaps the best and most ambitious is Pey Kan Su’s large acrylic ‘North London’; fairly normal streets finding charm in deliberately naïve distortion.
Worth a closer look are some of the smaller pieces. ‘Rain’ by Rosemary Miller is a fairly flawless work in ink, and Louise Sweet’s etching ‘Audience’ is charming. Traditional watercolours make a strong showing.
And if your teen child came back from a south-east Asia gap year to complete something like Tom Butler’s vibrant screen-print ‘Angkor Apsara’, you’d be pleased they hadn’t wasted their formative trip.
Particular mention should be made of Kat Joseph’s full-size figure ‘The Minotaur’s Truth’ (in resin and powdered marble), a deft sculpture that on Obiter ’s visit was rendered all the more dramatic a tableau by the sight of a former Law Society president apparently dozing in the chair behind.
The exhibition is in the Law Society Reading Room, Chancery Lane, to 3pm Friday 23 January. For more information on the Law Society Art Group, contact Jon Corballis.