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Work By Local Artist Julian Smith On Show National Wildlife Exhibition

Two pieces by local artist Julian Smith have been chosen from over 400 entries to be  exhibited at the Annual Exhibition of The Society of Wildlife Artists at the Mall Galleries in Central London.

Hooded Crows Studies By Julian Smith

Founded in 1962, the SWLA is a registered charity which aims to foster and encourage all forms of wildlife art. The Society's 80 members produce most of the work on display but non-members are invited to submit their work to be judged by the council for inclusion in the exhibition, and outstanding artists are put forward to become candidates for membership.  All work is on a wildlife theme and exhibits include paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures.

The President of the Society, Bruce Pearson, says, "In contemporary wildlife art there are sculptors working with wire, found objects and bronze;  there are printmakers extracting the colours and patterns of the natural world; there are painters trying to snatch the eternal out of the desperately fleeting (to borrow a phrase). All of them have a passion for wildlife and art in equal measure"  

This year's exhibition marks the end of Bruce Pearson's term as President of the SWLA following in the footsteps of such eminent former presidents as Sir Peter Scott, Keith Shackleton  and Robert Gillmor.

The exhibition will be on show from 22 September to 3 October 2004 and will be officially opened at the Private View on 21 September by Liza Goddard.