Congratulations to Mark Finch for winning the Winsor & Newton Award at this year's New English Art Club (NEAC) Annual Open Exhibition.
The winner of the prize - £500 worth of Winsor & Newton art materials - was decided by public vote from visitors to the exhibition.
Mark's work, Circean Poisons, won easily with 27 per cent of the vote.
Circean Poisons has its origins in the classic Greek tale of the Odyssey. It broadly depicts the story of Odysseus and his crews' plight at the hands of the enchantress Circe. In the myth, witch-goddess Circe (seated on the helter-skelter in the painting) turns Odysseus's men into pigs as a punishment for their poor, gluttonous behaviour at a feast thrown in their honour. Mark says of his modern take on the myth that it 'casts a spotlight on the attitudes in, and behaviour of, today's society.' Critiquing contemporary masculinity, the men in the painting don pig masks, drink to excess, and run amok at the funfair.
Thank you to all who visited the exhibition and voted for their favourite work, to Winsor & Newton for sponsoring the Award, and congratulations again to Mark