ARTIST Denise Wyllie’s ‘Absolutely Cuthbert’ selected for RWA Annual Open

The Royal West of England Academy‘s Annual Open is in its 168th year but every year is a special celebration of undiscovered talent and established artists. Artist Denise Wyllies screen print Cuthbert is amongst the 600 selected works, which include photography, printmaking, sculpture, drawing, painting, installation and mixed media.

It’s been a memorable spring 2021 for the artist. She was recently selected as a member of The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, who exhibit at the Bankside Gallery.

Wyllie’s art practice is primarily painting and printmaking – her portrait work in this Cuthbert series involves both.

Absolutely Cuthbert is a mono-print screenprint of a young fashion designer from her creative circle.

The RWA 168 Annual Open Exhibition opened on 17 April. Denise Ballard Wyllie was amongst the attendees at the private view.

Let’s have a closer look at how she turned Cuthbert the fashion designer into ‘Absolutely Cuthbert’ the work of art.

Cuthbert and artist Denise Ballard Wyllie
The Cuthbert series – different screenprints of portrait
Expressive detail and colour changes in each portrait

Denise Ballard Wyllie: “I loved drawing and screenprinting this series of prints at London Print Studio. The process enabled me to realise such a variety of possibilities. There were 20 monotypes and editions”

Visit the RWA Annual Open to see the ‘Absolutely Cuthbert’ screenprint up close.