Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Artists and Illustrators Art Competition
I just received a call from A & I magazine.
My painting "Mangetout", which was recently shown at the Chelsea Art Society Annual Show, is a runner up in their Artist of the Year competition, for the still-life category.
I have been told that the number of entries for the competition was very high. There was no application fee and multiple entries were welcomed from each artist, therefore I am proud that "Mangetout" made it to the last lot, even if it didn't win. The judging panel included Craig Wylie, Lynn Parr ( A & I magazine) and Sophie Egleton ( manager of O3 Gallery).
The painting started out as an obvious son of William Nicholson's "The Lustre Bowl", translated into my world.
I was originally fascinated by the simple colour scheme of Nicholson's painting. The picture has been, worked, reworked, cut and reworked again before I was happy with it. It is in this painting that for the first time I used straight lines even in round objects (see the shadows on the white bowl and front left edge of the plate) and it is a feature that comes back often in subsequent paintings.
I consider this a bit of a number zero work for the development of my still-lifes and I am glad it has received recogntion.
"Mangetout" will be on show at the "Art in Action" in Oxfordshire next month, and afterwords at the O3 gallery in Oxford in September.