First Prize | Jennifer McRae| Past, present, future: tracing the female line
This wonderfully intimate and intelligent piece by Royal Scottish Academician Jennifer McRae, captivated the selectors with its painterly intricacy and the storytelling of female ancestry woven within it. Jennifer’s gaze is compelling, unwittingly pulling us into her narrative, yet making us aware of our intrusion.
Second Prize | Lara Cobden|The Winterkeeper’s Cabin
Lara’s atmospheric painting is a magical response to the natural world around her and the memory of sense of place. Her use of a limited colour palette gives the piece fluidity, making us connect to this moment of stillness. Laura says of her work that ‘the thread pulling her work together is about coming home, belonging or a sense of unbelongong.’
Young Artist Award |Ewan White|No.7
Young Artist Ewan White, won the Young Artist award for this accomplished lively, yet tender, observation of an everyday familial scene. The play of light and shadows lends immediacy to the piece whilst the warm colour palette gives it a sense of honesty and familiarity, as if we are at the table with them.
Brian Botting Prize | Charlie Schaffer | Preston
This powerful yet sensitive portrait saw Charlie Schaffer receiving his third Brian Botting award. The placement of paint and dynamic brush strokes, gives the piece an energy whilst at the same time conveying the character and the emotion of the subject – we can’t but help wonder what he is thinking about. Charlie says that ‘For me, the major attraction to paint people, is the fact that you get to spend a prolonged period of time with another person, in a setting that can only occur through the act of sitting for a painting’.
The Daphne Todd Prize| James Lloyd|In My Room
The winner of the inaugural Daphne Todd prize, James Lloyd, says of his portraits that ‘working from life is about responding to the thing seen with your eyes by making marks with your hands’. In My Room depicts this process as James sits at his easel seeing and making, inviting us to be the voyeur as we study him working. The muted colours create an air of perplexity as we are unable to see who or what he is painting, whilst the warm light omitting from the window gives the piece a sense of belonging.