Islington-based artist Melissa Scott-Miller has won this year’s People’s Prize, which forms part of the prestigious Lynn Painter-Stainers national art competition for contemporary British representative art. The prize, worth £2,000, is awarded to the artist whose work received the most votes from visitors to the Lynn Painter-Stainers exhibition held in March.
Melissa Scott-Miller, who lives in Hartham Road, topped the poll of exhibition visitors for her oil painting Islington Tunnel in Autumn with the Artist’s Family. She won the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize in 2008 and was a runner-up in 2012.
Commenting on her win, she said: “This is fantastic news. Winning the People’s Prize means a lot to me. It’s great to know that people felt so positively about my work. It’s very encouraging.
“Both this painting, Islington Tunnel, and my wining entry back in 2008 featured my son Adam. They show him aging from 10-years-old back in 2008 to 18 this year.”
Melissa will be presented with her cheque later this month at Painters’ Hall in the City, the home of the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers. She is a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the New English Art Club. She paints mainly urban landscapes, specialising in London, as well as interiors and portraits of people in their surroundings. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and has been exhibited for over 25 years.
The winner of this year’s Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize was Spanish artist Pablo Castañeda Santana, who lives in Finchley. Pablo won £15,000 and a gold medal for his painting EHS.
Second prize went to Kay Harwood for Song of Philomela and Young Artist Award went to Chloe Ong for Roof Terrace.
The work of 83 shortlisted artists was exhibited at London’s Mall Galleries during 5–17 March. 1,144 artists entered this year’s competition. In all 2,194 works of art were entered, which represents the highest level of entries in the Prize’s 13-year history.
Now in its thirteenth year, the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize for creative representational art – art that seeks to capture the real world – offers total prize money of £30,000. The competition is open to any artist resident in the UK painting or drawing works of creative representational art and over 18-years-old.
Created in 2005 by The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers and The Lynn Foundation, the open competition continues to champion the skill of draughtsmanship painting. The exhibition aims to reflect the breadth of approaches and materials from across the artistic spectrum.