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Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners 2021 | Part Three

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The Royal Society of British Artists and Mall Galleries would like to congratulate all prizewinners and give a special thank you to all our prize-givers. 

Though the gallery is now re-open, this year's prize-giving is exclusively online. But with videos, audio, images, and statements by the winners to watch, hear, see, and read, you can experience and enjoy the prize-winning works wherever you are.

If you can't make it to the gallery you can discover the exhibition via our virtual tour.



The Prize Winners featured in Part Three include


The Ronald Morgan Memorial Award

Roger Cromwell

Storm Passing

A prize of £250

"I think the popularity of these exhibitions at Mall Galleries is because there are people painting pictures which people want to see, paintings that painters want to do.

I think there's a growing interest in this kind of painting; young people now choose to go to ateliers to learn art because they are taught the craft of painting, which you cannot get at conventional art school.

So I think Mall Galleries is an important institution for showing this kind of work. And I believe it's on the rise. I am very, very privileged and happy to be part of that."

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The Patron's Prize (Joint Winner)

Stephen Price

Contemplation

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The Patron's Prize (Joint Winner)

Callum Stannard RBA

Artist's Mother

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The Stuart Southall Print Prize

Will Taylor RBA

Blackfriars

A prize of £250

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The Surgeon's Prize

Andrii Kateryniuk

Sunset in the Cypress Grove

A prize of £500



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Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners 2021 | Part Two

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The Royal Society of British Artists and Mall Galleries would like to congratulate all prizewinners and give a special thank you to all our prize-givers. 

Though the gallery is now re-open, this year's prize-giving is exclusively online. But with videos, audio, images, and statements by the winners to watch, hear, see, and read, you can experience and enjoy the prize-winning works wherever you are.

If you can't make it to the gallery you can discover the exhibition via our virtual tour.



The Prize Winners featured in Part Two include


Frinton Frames Award & The Gordon Hulson Memorial Prize

Paula Mitchell

Solent Sparkle

The Frinton Frames Award is a £200 award of picture framing at Frinton Frames bespoke handfinished picture frame makers

The Gordon Hulson Memorial Prize is a £250 prize for draughtsmanship, variety & exploration


Hahnemuhle Fine Art UK Award

Samuel Owusu Achiaw

Citrus in Manibus

A prize of artist paper, worth £250

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The Michael Harding Award (I)

Steven Outram RBA

Fire and Dust

An award of £500 worth of Michael Harding art materials

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The Michael Harding Award (II)

Paul Slater

Sons of Borias

An award of £500 worth of Michael Harding art materials

"Many thanks to the Royal Society of British Artists for including my work in their annual exhibition. 

Thanks too go to the ‘Brothers Borias’ [the subject of my painting] for bringing good fortune as they did to ‘Fineas,’ in the story of ‘Jason and the Argonauts.’ It was they, the sons of the god of the north wind, who used their power of flight to relieve the forlorn ‘Fineas’, of a pesky infestation of Harpies. My good fortune has been to win The Michael Harding Award, which is wholly unexpected and greatly appreciated. 

Michael Harding Oil Colours are the best and I have been using them exclusively for many years so you can imagine how happy I am to have received this honour. 

Thanks again to all concerned and I promise to attempt to make good use of the generous award” - Paul Slater

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The Peter Kelly Commemorative Prize

Mark McLaughlin

Flood and Ice, Belair Park, West Dulwich

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Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners 2021 | Part One

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The Royal Society of British Artists and Mall Galleries would like to congratulate all prizewinners and give a special thank you to all our prize-givers. 

Though the gallery is now re-open, this year's prize-giving is exclusively online. But with videos, audio, images, and statements by the winners to watch, hear, see, and read, you can experience and enjoy the prize-winning works wherever you are.

If you can't make it to the gallery you can discover the exhibition via our virtual tour.



The Prize Winners featured in Part One include


The de Laszlo Foundation Prize

Emily Gillbanks

Three Things

The de Laszlo Medal for Excellence and £1,500 awarded for the best artwork from life by an artist aged 35 or under.

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The Artist Magazine Award

Meg Dutton VPRBA

Inside the Glasshouse

The winner will be interviewed in The Artist magazine, print and digital editions

"Observational drawings - and a fascination with pattern and detail in both the natural and man made world form the basis for this large etching and watercolour.

I produced sketches and line drawings of the Tropical House interior at Kew Gardens, -- and also shapes and patterns of plants and flowers.

I kept these drawings for a long long time and pondered on how I might use them in a work.

Eventually, a final composition was constructed from many of these drawings --- with some artistic licence on the positioning of the plants!

This compilation drawing was transferred to a zinc etching plate, printed, and then painted with watercolours" - Meg Dutton VPRBA

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Nathan David Award for Sculpture

Lesley Hilling

The Soldier

A £150 prize for sculpture

"The Soldier" by Lesley Hilling from Ionised Media on Vimeo.

 

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The Dry Red Press Award

Margaret Foreman

Seaside Festival Tulips

The winning work will be published as a greetings card in the Dry Red Press 'Prize Winners' range, with royalties from the sale of the cards going to the artist

 

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Homelessness depicted in the Royal Society of British Artists

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Here we look at those artists in the exhibition who have chosen to document the current rise in homelessness and rough sleeping.

Painting portraits of vagrants has a long history; whether the artists saw themselves reflected in the friendless and destitute, those shunned by society, or wanted to offer an alternative view of humanity than the one depicted in endless portraits of the stiff-upper-lipped members of the aristocracy that line the walls of official buildings, it is a tradition that is represented by some deeply moving contemporary paintings in the RBA 2021.

John McCombs RBA ROI Homeless Oil 52.5 x 61 cm £795 - Buy Now

John McCombs RBA ROI shows his figure painting for the first time at Mall Galleries in the RBA this year. We usually see his landscapes and street scenes, documenting the village of Delph and its surrounding areas in the Pennines, which he has made his life’s work since the mid-1960s.

But he’s also been working on a series of portraits of vagrants for a private collector he has a long-standing relationship with. John was keen to finally show some of these portraits at Mall Galleries as he considered them ‘very appropriate to today’ – with homelessness and rough sleeping figures increasing to rise (over 280,000 households are statutory homeless this year, with an estimated 4,000 people sleeping rough each night on our streets) the people in these portraits are certainly figures that have become a familiar sight to many of us.

John McCombs RBA ROI Wandering Vagrant Oil 64.5 x 47 cm £795 - Buy Now

James Earley is a self-taught artist who uses his work to raise awareness of homelessness, mental health, and war issues. James wants to make the invisible visible.

“I met Simon in 2020 on the streets of Southampton. It was a really cold day, and it had just started to rain. We spoke about his journey to where he was, and like many homeless people that I have met, the journey was a sad and lonely one where suddenly he found himself homeless and stuck in a deep hole that he was desperately trying to get out of.

I wanted to paint the background as cardboard as this was so prevalent in the homeless areas that I encountered, and I also wanted to paint a glimpse of his childhood and the feeling of loneliness.”  James Earley

James Earley A Cardboard Story Oil 85 x 60 cm £2,950 - Buy Now

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Here is a list of some of the charities working to combat homelessness, which you may find useful:

www.shelter.org.uk

www.crisis.org.uk

centrepoint.org.uk

Mayor of London

If you or anyone you know is at risk of homelessness, Citizens Advice may also be able to help

 

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Childhood through the eyes of Portrait Painters

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This year the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition has a mini-theme of Childhood, and The RP Award will be presented for the best portrait on this theme.

Prizewinners will be announced here at 5pm on Thursday 6 May.

See the full collection of Childhood portraits on our Pinterest Board here

Frances Bell RP regularly paints children: "It’s usually far more of a collaborative process than parents expect it to be. They have to help the child come through to you. I usually pump the parents for information and they give you a lot.  When painting children they just sit there and sort of stare at you; they are hardly going to strike up a debate with you, so the parents are really important in helping you to flesh out their character traits...

I am very organic in my technique, when dealing with young people they are straight out of nature, they don’t have any sort of private side or public face they are just as they appear."

Frances Bell RP Flora Oil 

If you are interested in commission a portrait of your own children or grandchildren, you have come to the right place.

The Royal Society of Portraits artists are the very best and our service makes commissioning a portrait enjoyable and easy. You can work in one of two ways; either our expert consultant will guide you from your initial thought through to completion, or you can work directly with our artists through the website.

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Bryony Bensly Henry's Birds Oil 101 x 76 cm £12,000

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2021 is open from 6 to 15 May

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New English Art Club Annual Exhibition 2020 | Prizes & Awards

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The New English Art Club and Mall Galleries would like to congratulate all prizewinners and give a special thank you to all our prize-givers. 

With videos, audio, images, and statements by the winners to watch, hear, see, and read, you can experience and enjoy the prize-winning works wherever you are.

The exhibition is open at Mall Galleries until Wednesday 16 December.

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Chris Beetles Gallery Prize for Figurative Art

Lyn Gray

Hermione at Home

£2,500 for a non-member artist. Selected by Chris Beetles of Chris Beetles Gallery, St James's, London.

Chris Beetles, Director, Chris Beetles Gallery:

"I had not been aware of the work of Lyn Gray before and on looking over her profile online find that my choice is not serendipitous. She has a lively and spontaneous way with paint and stimulates consistently one’s imagination by investing her subjects with distinct personalities.

'Hermione at Home’ is an artwork handled with dash and panache and skilfully rendered form. Lyn Gray has captured an element of personality in her sitter which arrests attention.

The artist shows us that Hermione is an old lady comfortable in herself and whose direct gaze interests and charms us. She is an enduring and strong image for our difficult times.” 


The Hermione Hammond Drawing Award

Merlin Bateman-Paris

Jen Looking Up

£2,000 for a drawing by an emerging artist aged 35 or under

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The Bowyer Drawing Prize

Jason Line

Study for Bottles and Buildings

A prize of £1,000

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The Winsor & Newton Award

Ruth Stage NEAC

Cardoons in a Kentish Garden

Art materials to the value of £500

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The Peter Ashley Framing Prize

Nicholas Baldion

Self Portrait

Presented by The Artistic Framing Company: A bespoke handmade picture frame will be created for the winning artwork, to the value of £500


The Dry Red Press Award

Caroline Frood NEAC

Heleniums

The winning work will be published as a greeting card in the Dry Red Press 'Prize Winners' range, with royalties from the sale of the cards going to the artist

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Royal Institute of Oil Painters Prize & Award Winners 2020: Part One

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The Royal Institute of Oil Painters and Mall Galleries would like to congratulate all prizewinners and give a special thank you to all our prize-givers. 

This year the exhibition is exclusively online but with videos, audio, images, and statements by the winners to watch, hear, see, and read, you can experience and enjoy the prize-winning works wherever you are.

The Prize Winners featured in Part One include:



The Phyllis Roberts Award

Hongyu An

Vestige

An award of £2,000 for an artist aged 30 or under

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Winsor & Newton Young Artist Award: First Prize

Ruth Fitton

Self Portrait in Miniature

For artists aged 30 or under - First Prize: £1,000 Winsor & Newton Fine Art Materials

I celebrated the return to my studio post-lockdown by painting this self-portrait, from life, over a couple of days.

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Winsor & Newton Young Artist Award: Second Prize

Anna Calleja

Alone in Quarantine

For artists aged 30 or under - Second Prize: £600 Winsor & Newton Fine Art Materials

This is a self-portrait I painted during my time in mandatory quarantine after a two-day journey from Cornwall to my home country Malta in April this year.

I aimed to capture the moment; the claustrophobia and brewing unease I felt at the time. The painting challenges the historical trope of the reclining female nude in figurative painting. Here the figure does not activate the male gaze but is passive, independent and introspective.

The stillness of the figure is juxtaposed with the moving abstraction in the painting above. The abstraction embodies the disquiet within, reflecting upon the present moment.

 


Winsor & Newton Young Artist Award: Third Prize

Bernadett Timko

Chris' Kitchen

For artists aged 30 or under - Third Prize: £400 Winsor & Newton Fine Art Materials

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Winsor & Newton Non-member Award

Andrew Newton

Lip Gloss

Non-member Award - £150 worth of Winsor & Newton Fine Art Materials

This piece is an extension of my hyper-realism series of portraits I created a while ago. The theme is everyday, banal life of the individual which is left vulnerable and cold for the scrutiny of the observer.

The painting is overly detailed like a photo as the work ultimately isn't about the person, but the act of viewing people as monotony and awkward imperfection in analysing clarity, like a found object.

Originally inspired by the photo-realist movement of the 1970s, the piece is, therefore, a relative symbol of modern-day life, the obsession with photographic selfies, transient experience and the emphasis on image and the moment.

This style of work is a direct response to photoshop glamour, fashion and social media narcissism which escalated in the early 21st century.

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Society of Wildlife Artists | Prizes & Awards 2020

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The Society of Wildlife Artists and Mall Galleries are delighted to announce the Prizes & Awards from The Natural Eye 2020.

Congratulations to all artists who have been awarded prizes by our generous prize givers. 

The exhibition is open at Mall Galleries until Sunday 8 November. 

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If you cannot make the exhibition we hope that with videos, audio, images, and statements by the winners to watch, hear, see, and read, you can experience and enjoy their works wherever you are.



The Birdwatch and Swarovski Optik Artist of the Year Award

Esther Tyson SWLA

The Birdwatch and Swarovski Optik Artist of the Year Award is chosen by a panel of judges including Peter Antoniou of Swarovski Optik, Birdwatch Editor Rebecca Armstrong and artists Chris Rose and Bruce Pearson. The prize is a Swarovski ATS 80 HD spotting scope with 25-50x zoom eyepiece worth £2,430 and a three-year subscription to BirdGuides Bird News Ultimate.

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RSPB Award of £500

Simon Turvey SWLA

Swallows


Larson-Juhl Award

To celebrate drawing or dry media, draughtsmanship and capturing ideas as an art form. £500 worth of Larson-Juhl materials to the winner and a feature in their '4Walls' magazine

Nik Pollard SWLA

White-tailed Bumble Bee and Knapweed series

The judges have chosen Nik Pollard for the Larson-Juhl Award. They were struck by the vibrancy and mark making within all his work, but the studies of bees in particular have captured the movement and energy of the insects and given a wonderful sense of being immersed within the meadow.

With projects further afield cancelled this year, I have been focusing on wildlife closer to home. I've been able to give particular focus to the Bumblebee species that inhabit local meadow. I've been captured by their extraordinary physical qualities and behaviour.

With this wonderful subject matter on the doorstep, I've been able to move seamlessly between field and studio to build a new body of work that celebrates these marvellous creatures whilst exploring different drawing and printing mediums.

Presentation of my work is very important to me, therefore I am excited to be receiving the Larson-Juhl Award and look forward to selecting some quality framing products.


The BIRDscapes Gallery 'Conservation through Art' Award

£700 split between the artist and a conservation charity of their choice

Christopher Wallbank SWLA

Goldfinch and Wych Elm

For many wildlife artists, their practice is a solitary occupation, preparing for the production of finished works, in attractive rural surroundings. A browse of Chris’s website reveals a ‘documentary’ artist, often ‘in the thick of it’, catching moments of unlikely subjects in unlikely places: from snipe poking around muddy margins among the outflow pipes on his local reservoir to swarming black kites mixing with people and machines on a vast Delhi rubbish tip.

For Chris, his exploration of visual art’s role in presenting new angles on ecological themes has led to involvement with many conservation projects and makes him a very deserving winner of The BIRDscapes Gallery’s Conservation through Art Award.

Steve and Liz Harris of BIRDscapes Gallery



Dry Red Press Award

The winning work will be reproduced as a greetings card

Richard Jarvis SWLA

Moorhens, Mallards & Mayflies



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Prizes & Awards | Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition

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The Royal Society of Marine Artists and Mall Galleries are delighted to announce the Prizes & Awards from the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition 2020. 

Congratulations to all artists who have been awarded prizes by our generous prize givers. 

The exhibition is open at Mall Galleries until Saturday 10 October. 

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If you cannot make the exhibition we hope that with videos, audio, images, and statements by the winners to watch, hear, see, and read, you can experience and enjoy their works wherever you are.

The exhibition is also available to Browse & Buy online now. 



The Baltic Exchange Award

John Walsom ARSMA ROI

Mylor Yacht Harbour, Low Tide

For an outstanding work in the exhibition, selected by the Society’s President on behalf of Baltic Exchange, a membership organisation at the heart of the maritime community providing services relied upon worldwide by shipping market participants. Value £2,000.


The Artist Magazine Award

Gareth Brown RSMA

Sea Flora V

Gareth will be interviewed for a feature in The Artist magazine.


The Charles Pears Award

Srirangam Mohankumar

Reflections, Pin Mill

For an outstanding work, in any medium, by a non-member. Presented by the RSMA in memory of Charles Pears, founding member and first President. Value £500.


The Classic Boat Award

Kevin Clarkson

A Breeze on the Blackwater

Kevin takes home a handsome, hand-crafted sculpture by Astins Sailing Sculptures, given for the most atmospheric depiction of a classic boat.

Originally from West Yorkshire, I have produced a number of historical maritime pieces for museums in North Kent, my adopted home, but only managed to get my first piece into the RSMA Annual Exhibition in 2019 after five or more years of trying. To be awarded a prize at this year’s exhibition is therefore something of a shock. So my advice to anyone thinking of submitting to the RSMA for the first time is - Go for it!

Inspiration for ‘A Breeze on the Blackwater’ was drawn largely from the superb works of American artists Christopher Blossom and Russ Kramer whom I have long admired. They bring to life the classic racing and working sailing vessels of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with mood, atmosphere and sensitivity of the period and without oversentimentality.


The Kenneth Denton Award

James Bartholomew RSMA

Sun on the Solent

For work on the theme 'The Sea in all its Moods'. Made possible by the generosity of long-standing member Kenneth Denton. Value £500.


Murray's Commercial Fishing Award: First Prize

Jenny Morgan RSMA

Hauling the Trawl - Sidewinder Trawlers

For work in any medium depicting commercial fishing. Value £500.

I am mainly a studio-based artist and many of my works are based on research material and general knowledge of my selected subjects, and of course an ongoing love of the sea and working vessels that ply upon it.

I developed an interest in the United Kingdom's past fishing industry later on in my career, encouraged by my late partner who was a noted Grimsby trawler skipper. I realised it was an incredible part of maritime history not generally covered, and those long-gone trawlers were very 'paintable' - despite their workmanlike appearance, they generally have graceful lines.

I am inspired by the northern waters these ships worked in, having a few years ago taken a few trips that way to immerse myself in the atmosphere and coastal scenery of places like Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Spitzbergen.


Murray's Commercial Fishing Award: Second Prize

Alistair Butt RSMA

Banding the Lobsters

For work in any medium depicting commercial fishing. Value £100.


RSMA Award for the Best Small Painting

John Lines RSMA

Waiting

For a work in any medium measuring no more than 30 cm along the longest dimension (excluding frame). Made possible by the generosity of a Life Member. Value £300.

The picture was great fun to paint, small, close tonal scale, and a great subject. I thought the old jetty was a knock out with a super structure and colours, the hopeful fisherman atop - it just had to be painted.

The only thing was that the tug had to be moved up river just a touch, but I have the artist’s licence! So I can get away with that! Painted at Blyth on the north east coast, I loved working on it.


RSMA New Generation Award

Gregory Smith

All work in the exhibition

Awarded by the Society, Gregory receives £250. The Award is open to all artists aged 35 or under at the time of submission.

I’m very happy to have been awarded The RSMA New Generation Award for my submissions to this year’s exhibition. All four depict historical subjects, which I try to interpret through the modern lens.

Primarily, I work with digital tools, covering a wide variety of freelance work and VFX, in the latter case mostly for student films. I’m now moving into illustration, as a participant of the Heroic 100 Art Campaign launched by Heroic Books. These inform my traditional media images, as I often use digital tools as part of the sketching process, and let the design ideas and approaches of digital media and film influence the designs of my paintings.

However, the creation process of the pictures themselves tends to follow a more conventional approach, consolidating a wide range of research material into a reconstruction of the subject. I build up the paint in a series of layers - usually between three and four, increasing the level of detail each time, following a carefully constructed sketch.


Topbond Marine Award

John Maule-ffinch

The Old Cranes at Bristol Docks

For works depicting marine engineering or construction activities in harbours, estuaries or marine waters within the UK. Value £250.


Winsor & Newton Oil Prize

Richard Dack RSMA RWA

Hebridean Recollections

£250 worth of Winsor & Newton materials for a notable oil painting.

The seashore has always offered me themes and material for painting. Frequently, visual and emotional responses have been joined by physical objects collected on site, which evolve and change in their relationship over a long gestation period in the quest to evoke the memory and sensation of experienced locations.

I enjoy recreating the link by juxtaposing illusory reality with physical reality, bringing together the present moment and remembered past. ‘Hebridean Recollections’ relates to memories and experiences collected from multiple visits to the Isles.



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Prize Winners | Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2020

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The Royal Society of Portrait Painters and Mall Galleries are delighted to announce the Prizes & Awards from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2020. 

Congratulations to all artists who have been awarded prizes by our generous prize givers. 

The exhibition is open at Mall Galleries until Saturday 26 September. 

Book Your Tickets

If you cannot make the exhibition we hope that with videos, audio, images, and statements by the winners to watch, hear, see, and read, you can experience and enjoy their works wherever you are.

The exhibition is also available to Browse & Buy online now. 



The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture

Shuang Liu

Woman in a Stadtische Galerie

The work uses traditional European techniques to detail an elderly woman who lived in Germany during World War II.

The work expresses the sitter's inherent persistent spirit and conveys the vicissitudes of time. The dress is a reflection of contemporary tradition.


The de Laszlo Foundation Award

Nneka Uzoigwe

Lily Before the Play

A portrait painted from life of the wonderful Lily Holder prepared to go on stage.


Prince of Wales's Award for Portrait Drawing

Jack Freeman

Walkie Talkie

I made this drawing of Patricia after a walk through Grantchester near Cambridge. The evening light made the scene particularly poignant. I wanted to capture the feeling of a walk, late in the day, through countryside, and I think the smokey blackness of the charcoal - particularly as it works into this hand-made paper gives the picture a grainy sentimentality.


Burke's Peerage Foundation Award

Joshua Waterhouse

Dame Glynis Breakwell

I would like to thank the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and Burke's Peerage Foundation for this prize. It was such a pleasant surprise to hear that I won.

This is a study for a much larger painting of Dame Glynis Breakwell commissioned by the University of Bath of their retiring Vice-Chancellor. In the larger painting, the setting is much clearer; the Vice-Chancellor is sitting in her living room on an ornately embroidered chair surrounded by objects which tell the story of her career. In its reduced size, this painting hints at some of the finer details in the larger portrait but is dominated by the large yellow background.

I always paint on wood panels, which I prime in the studio. Before I start drawing, I always rub in a thin layer of transparent red oxide, just to get rid of any white. Once the drawing is established, I start blocking in the lights and darks by using Burnt Umber and Titanium White. Then for the second pass, I start introducing colour and try to establish a palette. For the third pass, I'll work much more meticulously using finer detail and adding nuance to the painting; then I add glazes if I feel that certain parts need cooling or warming or darkening.

Once everything is dry, I add a layer of retouched varnish … in order to re-saturate some of the colours that may have sunken in - this is particularly a problem for darker colours, especially ivory black (which you can see on the sitter’s dress).


Smallwood Architects Prize

Steven Wood

Sandancer

Sandancer is the name used to describe those who come from the town of South Shields, Tyne & Wear, although the term is hardly known by anyone outside the local area.

The sitter, Julie Kassim, is on one of the different beaches in South Shields in a place called Frenchman’s Cove. Scattered around the painting are symbolic of runes that represent her spirituality and beliefs in the supernatural and white magic.

The image is placed in landscape form giving the viewer a sense of floating above her.


The RP Prize for the Best Small Portrait

Robbie Wraith RP

Studio Portrait


The RP Award

Stephen Leho

The Most Important Thing in the World

The sitter holds a small mobile she made, it represents the solar system. She has unsettled it and is straightening the threads.

The painting is about mental health and emphasises the need to stay in the present.



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