The Prize, sponsored by The Haworth Trust is for young artists (aged 35 years and under) living and working in the North of England, creating work inspired by their surroundings.
Janine, 35, says of her winning work:
“There are so many beautiful landscapes in Yorkshire I love but, Cropton Forest in North Yorkshire is one of my favourites. It offers a beguiling mix of intense darkness between the trees and patches of sunlight dappling the forest floor, and there are multiple layers within this landscape – tall linear tree forms, overgrown scrubland and deeply entrenched paths. To depict these layers in my work, as well as convey life and movement, I have made grooves in the surface of the paper and layered with charcoal, graphite and pastel. Marks on the paper have also been erased in order to create a transient effect, reflecting the changing shape of the forest. Above all I hope to capture the essence of Cropton Forest, and the sense of peace and tranquillity it evokes."
Richard Pikesley, President of the New English Art Club, was on the selection panel: “We chose Cropton Forest I as the winning piece because of its strength and immediacy, the observational quality of its drawing and for the haunting atmosphere it creates looking through the woodland.”
The Prize builds on the New English Art Club’s tradition of painting and drawing from observation and of supporting emerging artists.
Other Prizes & Awards
The Zsuzsi Roboz Prize
The Zsuzsi Roboz Prize of £5,000 is awarded by The Alfred Teddy Smith and Zsuzsi Roboz Art Trust, to a work of excellence in the New English Art Club Annual Exhibition.
Arthur Neal NEAC
Corner of the Studio II
"Arthur Neal could be conveniently described as a "painter's painter" - in other words a painter that other artists would like to emulate in his use of paint and structure. Tonal values hold the construction of this abstract portrayal of the studio interior, but there are other works by the artist on show here in both oil and pastel. A good painter wanting to be discovered." - David Messum
The Doreen McIntosh Prize (£5,000)
James Bland NEAC
Woman at a Table
Woman at a Table, one of James’ recent studio paintings. Painted from life, the sitter is positioned next to the 2 dimensional cardboard prop of the table and objects, which James makes himself, allowing accurate yet distorted perspective of the space and objects around the figure, creating a dreamlike sensation.
The Arts Club Charitable Trust Award (£1,000)
Sarah Jane Moon
The Winsor & Newton Award (£500)
Late January Pears
— Michael Weller (@MichaelW450) June 18, 2015
The NEAC Critics' Prize (£250)
Clifton Suspension Bridge, Contre Jour, January
— Tom Hughes (@hughespaintings) June 17, 2015
— Peter Brown (@Petethestreet1) June 18, 2015
The Prize of the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers (£200)
The Dry Red Press Award
June Berry NEAC
A Walk Across the Fields
Call for Entries
The NEAC seeks work which demonstrates excellence in both concept and draughtsmanship. The Call for Entries is currently open, submit your artwork before Friday 4 March 2016.
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