Whether you are an emerging artist looking to launch your practice, or an established artist keen to diversify by experimenting with new methods and mediums, then the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2019 is an opportunity not to be missed…
Established in 2005, the aim of the Prize is threefold: to celebrate, to encourage, and – perhaps most importantly – to stimulate conversation about contemporary representational painting. As time has passed, representational painting has become an increasingly flexible term as it strives to reconcile itself with the expansive landscape of the digital world. In the mid-20th century, a Paper presented at the Royal Society of Medicine described a representational painter as such:
‘He had the eye that could not be contaminated by experience…He put down in paint what he saw, just as he saw it, and each time a pattern of colour or light came to him he recorded it with the awful sincerity and the beautiful innocence of a small child.’
In other words, in order to be a true representational painter, you need to be able to look at something and record it completely objectively. Of course, today, there are few who hold this view. Many still see the action of ‘recording’ as lying at the heart of representation, but most welcome the presence of subjectivity in a painting as an insight into the identity of the artist and thus the beginning of a human interest story.
And then there is the question of whether representational painting is still fashionable – or even relevant – today. Who wants to merely represent the world in a digital age which allows us to extend, modify or even recreate it? Having said that, ‘New advances such as digital technology add to our human experiences but don’t necessarily have to remove or negate our past appreciations. Just as synthesizers didn’t eliminate a desire to hear acoustic music with the squeak of fingers across a fret, people find enjoyment in looking at the hard work and decision making that a painter displays on a canvas with all its successes and imperfections.’ The Huffington Post, 2014
We invite you, then, to contribute to the conversation about representational painting by entering the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2019. The Prize is open to artists who are both over the age of 18 and resident in the UK. To be eligible, a work must be original, 2D, and created in any painting or drawing media. It must also have been completed within the last three years and must not exceed 60” (152cm) in its largest dimension. Finally, the work must be for sale and must not have been exhibited previously in any sort of commercial venue.
With prize money of £35,000 – including a First Prize of £20,000, representing a 25% increase in value on last year – the Prize is one of the most prestigious awards available to artists in the UK. We very much hope that you will be tempted to apply, and we look forward to receiving your entry.
Deadline: Monday 3 December, 5pm
Apply online: lps.artopps.co.uk