Friends of the RWA
The Friends of the RWA (FRWA) are an independent charity set up to support the RWA.
An Art History Day School that explores the life, work and influences of artist Georgia O'Keeffe (1887 - 1986) led by art historian James Russell.
In the macho world of 20th century American painting, Georgia O'Keeffe stands out, not only as the nation's most successful female artist but as a painter who navigated her own serene path through the maelstrom of changing fashions. As Tate Modern stages the largest exhibition of O'Keeffe's work seen in Britain for decades, this Art History Day School investigates her art and her life - from her early career as a teacher and water-colourist in Canyon, Texas, through her relationship with Alfred Stieglitz, flower paintings and fame, to the decades in New Mexico. The art is sensational, the landscape awe-inspiring, the artist one of a kind.
James Russell studied History at Pembroke College, Cambridge, but was galvanized into writing about art by a lengthy stint selling contemporary paintings and sculpture in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A passionate advocate of 20th century painting and design, he writes and lectures widely. His books include the popular series ‘Ravilious in Pictures’ and other titles devoted to Paul Nash, Peggy Angus, Edward Bawden and Edward Seago. He curated the 2015 exhibition Ravilious at Dulwich Picture Gallery and has lectured across the country.