First Prize | Pablo Castañeda Santana | EHS
According to Selector Daphne Todd OBE, Pablo’s piece was the ‘clear winner’. Made up of parts of Old Masters, the personage that emerges is ‘intriguing and commands the room’.
Second Prize | Kay Harwood | The Song of Philomela
Kay’s piece, again intriguing, is a stellar example of ‘intellectualised painting’. The Selectors were captivated by the story that Kay has woven into the work, creating a painting that is ‘cerebral, intelligent and intellectual’.
Young Artist Award | Chloe Ong | Roof Terrace
This ‘incredibly exuberant’ piece draws its energy from Chloe’s fearless use of colour. As Daphne comments, ‘to be able to make light out of just pigment, when every colour is modified by sunlight, is just wonderful.’
Brian Botting Prize | Charlie Schaffer | Head of Thandi
This piece, which owes a great debt to Lucien Freud, is a record not just of a face, but of what happens to that face when you look at it. Complementing this honesty of depiction – this immediacy and sense of perpetual change – is a mastery of technique which gives the overall impression of a painting that is both ‘anchored’ yet defined by a strong sense that the artist has ‘dived in’.
The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize continues at Mall Galleries until Saturday 17 March. The Galleries are open daily from 10am – 5pm and admission is free. When you drop by, don’t forget to vote for the work which you think should win the People’s Prize (£2,000) – simply write the title of the work along with the artist’s name on a voting card at the reception, then pop it in the voting box on your way out. Voting closes at 5pm on Saturday 17 March.
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