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The RA Summer Show – Varnishing Day


The RA Summer Show 2017

For as long as I can remember I have loved art, and have looked up to the great artists of our past.  Many of whom have been Royal Academy Academicians; JMW Turner, being my particular passion.  My admiration for this great artist has never diminished.  I love to read and immerse myself in the many stories of his involvement with the RA; especially those of the RA Summer Show varnishing day. Envisioning these great days with all the academicians milling around and the excitement of the occasion.  To me, an aspirational event, one I could only visit in my wildest dreams; nevertheless very real to me.

So, fancy! after my first application to the RA Summer Show; one of the two works I submitted has made it through to this year’s RA Summer Show. ‘let go’ has been hung.  YES! I will be there at this year’s Varnishing Day.  Me ashar, artist walking in the footsteps of all those wonderful artists from the past; ‘me’ amongst the great and the good of our day.  I am so excited I can barely believe it.

RA Summer Show


let go


  1. Fabulous…..Well done!

  2. Very well done Asher. I have always loved your work and ‘Let Go’ is particularly beautiful.
    Wendy x

  3. Fantastic well done, it is not easy to get in, I submitted work once and was really excited just to know that I had entered. My partner exhibited work one year which he sold and also had a commission. My brother-in-law was an Acadamician. Exciting stuff, enjoy every minute, I will be visiting in the summer and will look forward to seeing your work.

    • Thank you Chezzie much appreciated, I was just looking through past ‘list of works’ that I have from visiting the show over the years; and was very surprised to see that the average number of works on show is 1100. considering they cap the non RA entries at 12000 I am stunned. thanks for taking the time to comment, best ashar

  4. I have a moan every year, I think the best bit about the RA is seeing the work that has got into the exhibition on its own merit and not because of the name of the artist, the selection is anonymous, but it seems that each year there is less space for ‘selected’ artists and more for the Academicians, it seems to me as if smaller paintings are being chosen so that they all fit into the smallest room whilst Hockney has a massive room for just five paintings, his and other famous artists work can always be seen so I would like the amateurs to have a bit more of a chance. Just my opinion.

    • I know what you mean however whilst everybody said to only enter small works as it has a greater chance; the pieces I entered where both 28″ x 28″ both got to the second round and one has been hung. So I am not so sure anymore what the criteria is. Just know I am thrilled to have been hung. best ashar

  5. Huge Congratulations Ashar. I admire your work and can only imagine how much this has meant to you. Continue on your path and believe in yourself! Your work is wonderful.

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