The Alice Batkin Contemporary Arts Trust Prize for the most promising emerging Portrait Painter was awarded to Shaun McGovern for “Jess and Hayden”.
National Original Print Exhibition is an open submission print exhibition established by the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers.
The winner of the Contemporary Arts Trust National Original Print Exhibition is Alice Irwin.
Works by emerging and established contemporary artists.
The Contemporary Arts Trust NEAC 2017 winner is Alex Maczkowski. At first his little drawing seems conventional. However, by dividing up the composition into squares and treating each square in a subtly different manner is innovative. What first appears conventional becomes exciting and haunting.
RP winner of the Contemporary Arts Trust Alice Batkin Award is Vania Comoretti.
Jane McNulty is 18 years old and is still at school. The composition of her portrait shows careful thought and great maturity. Every element is carefully placed and has been thought through. The underlying composition of black, white and beige rectangles demonstrates this. In portrait painting the viewer needs to be led to face which is the prime point of focus. The cook’s head is brilliantly positioned within the abstract white square made by the cupboard. The clever use of the cooker hood shadow not only directs the viewer to the cook’s eye, but echoes its shape. A worthy prize-winner.
Gopal Sharma was chosen as this year’s joint prize-winner for his small portrait drawing which shows great promise, both for portraiture and for his clever use of linear abstraction. A worthy prize-winner.
Contemporary Arts Trust prize for PS the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2017 was won by Dominic McIvor of Edinburgh for his work, Brick I; his innovative and personal style and exceptional use of varied media and techniques.
The Masters Award at The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) prize was won by Laura Rosser for her woodcut, Golden Girl, (130 x 150cm). The detail of the woodcutting was fine and remarkable and the image both traditional and avant-garde in composition. Her pricing was also extremely reasonable for a large image that took a great deal of work and time to produce.