The railway for more than one hundred and
fifty years has been a favourite subject for artists. Monet,
Turner, Frith and Bourne all depicted 19th Century trains
and railways. Gore and Hopper, to name but two depicted
the heyday of the steam railway from the turn of the 20th
century to the 1940's.
Guild of Railway Artists was formed in the 1970's to forge
a tangible link between artists whose interests include
the depiction of the railway scene in all its facets both
past and present.
Founder members include renowed artists: Terence Cuneo, Don Breckon, David Shepherd, Philip D Hawkins and Alan Fearnley.
Amongst the aims of the Guild is the furtherance of the
artistic portrayal of railways; the staging of Railway Art
Exhibitions and assistance in the historical research necessary
to accurately portray railway subjects with correct detail.
Since its formation the GRA has mounted successful Rail-Art
exhibitions annually throughout the United Kingdom.
Members of the Guild include professional, semi-professional
and amateur artists painting in a wide variety of mediums
- oils, acrylics, gouache, tempera, watercolour, ink,
pencil, pastel, airbrush, silk screen and even digital.
Although primarily a UK guild, membership extends throughout
Europe, USA, Australia and South Africa. The GRA meets
on a regular basis at Members Days, Selection Panel meetings
and the Annual General Meeting. Area Group Meetings are
also held in locations throughout the British Isles.
The Guild is managed by The Guild Council which is elected
by the membership at the AGM and contains full and associate
The day to day running of the Guild is carried out by
the Chief Executive, Frank Hodges Hon GRA (see right).
In addition to national exhibitions the Guild is also involved
with book publishers, and past projects include:
The Great Western Collection (1985)
To the Seaside (1990)
A Century of Railways (1996)
Along Artistic Lines (November 2003)
Emotions of Railway Art (August 2011)