Another student of the University of Chester was Thomas Plunkett , he graduated in 1994 with the ambition of becoming a successful artist. At the moment he is the president of the Royal Watercolour Society.
The RWS was formed in 1804 and is the worlds most prestigious watercolour society in the world having had past members such as William Hunt, Henry Moore and John Singer Sargent. It’s a society run by leading contemporary artists who work in water based media.
I found it really interesting hearing about Thomas Plunkett as he was also studied fine art at the university of chester, he graduated in 1994 with the ambition of being an artist and said the best way in which to do this is to “Get your work known”
He talked about his role within the RWS and how its not only about painting but organising storage space, networking and at the moment he is creating a new gallery space that will include a bookshop, cafe and education centre.
He famously painted the ceremonial funeral of baroness Thatcher (which you can see above) and the queens jubilee talked to us about how its important when doing a commissioned piece of work to keep a sketchbook and show all of your work as you never know what it is that they would prefer.He said that sketchbooks are important to his work as when he’s drawing and sketching, He’s thinking and processing information.
His finishing remark was to be confident and to always say yes no matter what the opportunity. He ended up at one point creating paintings of premier league footballers; a subject matter he wasn’t particularly thrilled by. This eventually led to an exhibition on football painting. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed his talk, it was so interesting to hear about an actual practising artist and he’s so inspiring as a person, not to mention the paintings that he created for the university which are beautiful. I like the sketchy quality to his drawn lines compared to the fluidity of the watercolour.
He also showed us some of his abstract works. I found it interesting that he said you have two audiences – the art world and real people. He doesn’t work in an abstract style all the time because “Its not a language that everyone speaks” and I would have to agree. I think that he was trying to make a comment about not limiting yourself as an artist in the real world and I know from experience that people with no formal art training tend not to understand most of my work