Royal Academy of Arts – Top 10 Art Exhibitions to see in August

10 Art Exhibitions to see in August

Published 1 August 2017

From an exploration of recent LGBTQ+ art to a vibrant celebration of tulips, here’s our pick of the best new exhibitions to see this month.

John Copnall, Small Maroon Square, 1986.

John Copnall: The Dynamics of Colour

Linden Hall Studio, Deal, 6 August – 3 September

Linden Hall Studio in Deal on the Kentish coast hosts this colourful survey of abstract acrylic paintings by the late English painter John Copnall, who died in 2007. Copnall began using acrylics in the 1960s, initially pouring paint directly onto large cotton canvases in the manner of American Abstract Expressionists like Jackson Pollock and Morris Louis. He later worked with paintbrushes, and this exhibition includes works from each decade of his life since those initial experiments. Small Maroon Square (1986) is brightly coloured, like much of Copnall’s work, and it bridges the gap between his poured canvases and the cleaner lines of his later hand-painted works. A maroon background is overlaid with arrangement of multi-coloured shapes and marks, reminiscent of the more chaotic of Wassily Kandinksy’s abstract paintings. Copnall was the son of distinguished sculptor Edward Bainbridge Copnall, and a selection of his father’s woodcarvings is included here too.