Creative Christmas Advent Calendar: Pick from the Permanent Collection

Marketing Intern Isobel DeWolf shares one of her favourite works from the RWA's Permanent Collection.

"Nigel Casseldine, located in Suffolk, is a painter, illustrator and Royal West of England Academician. His illustration career has involved diverse projects including architectural guides and travel books.  As a painter, his subject matter generally comprises of still life and landscapes, but in his work The Toilette, he focusses on a domestic scene. When asked about his influences Casseldine said: ‘Within the growth of any painter there must be a kaleidoscope of influences. My own began at about twelve years with my first contact with Turner.’ I think that this inspiration from the nineteenth century master of light is perfectly depicted in The Toilette."

"The Toilette depicts a nude female figure drying off from bathing. The viewer stands in the doorway, watching her. The use of comforting yellow light and colour that streams through the curtains captures a specific time of day – a warm, bright morning, approaching noon. The voyeurism of the viewer is not one of secrecy or unease, but instead suggests a sense of comfort between the two figures – to me they are in conversation, commenting on the weather or discussing what they are going to do that day. Casseldine has painted a scene and a space that is domestic and also private. The everyday, mundane activity shown here is the artist allowing the spectator into a close, familial moment."

RWA Creative Christmas Calendar

This Christmas, try something new, be inspired or even create a unique gift for someone very special as RWA a host of creative Christmas ideas, tips and activities.From Thursday 1 December, the RWA will post gorgeous artworks from the permanent collection, creative challenges from RWA Drawing School Tutors, exclusive competitions and some festive surprises on the RWA blog, Facebook and Twitter.  



Nigel Casseldine, The Toilette, oil on canvas © the artist.