Tom Aberneithie’s painting ‘Homer and Marge’ was selected for the 2018 iteration of the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, which, with a total prize-fund of £35,000, is now the most significant Prize for representational painting in the UK today.
Speaking of his creative process, Aberneithie says ‘ my paintings, usually in series, are remnants of mind journeys, complete with excesses and human fallibility. Exploring the human condition is at the very centre of my work. Execution is driven from a fight or flight mentality and each painting is danced out till done. History teaches that though restricting people can bring fear and violence, often, new themes, associations and truths arise which then propel everything forward. In my practice, I use restriction as a catalyst to tease the painting process and drive the work closer to an edge. Imagery can appear, evolve, vaporise, and I struggle to leave evidence of its passing significance.’
‘Homer and Marge’ is one of a series of paintings completed by the artist in one day using oil paint and traditional mediums on MDF. Initially, a Cubist experiment, ‘Homer’ joined in as the painting progressed, bringing with him a necessary chaos. This naturally led to ‘Marge’. Her three-quarter pose is crossed with a sketch remembering Goya. The resultant diptych reminds us of piously-posed art patron portraits from early Northern European art. The artist says ‘upon purchase, the buyer is encouraged to place a red sticker on the small ‘x’ on Marge’s eye to complete the work.’
Feeling inspired to enter the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2019? Submit your work here by 3 December, 5pm.