The winners of Jackson’s Open Painting Prize 2017 have been selected!
First of all, a huge congratulations to the winners, our expert judging panel had such a difficult time choosing between the shortlisted entries as the standard was so high.
The winners of Jackson’s Open Painting Prize have been selected from over 2,000 submission entered by artists from all over the world.
The mix of work submitted showed a real diversity of mediums and subject matters. The shortlisted entries did feature portraiture quite heavily, which as you can see from the winners of last years competition, was a completely different outcome as there were no portraits within the Top 3.
The judges on the panel had the unenviable task of choosing three winners from the shortlist of 25 outstanding entries. All of them commented on how much they enjoyed the judging process and were as eager to see the winners as all of you!
We will be interviewing this year’s winners and runners-up over the next few months, keep checking our blog for updates.
1st Prize – Winner of £5,000
‘Eniola Sokalu’ by Mark Roscoe
Oil on Linen
26″ x 36″ inches.
Nick Archer: ‘Powerful portrait’
Catharine Davison: ‘Successful photorealistic portrait. Lovely silky finish in the muted colour amongst the- darks, browns, blues and lilacs yet it is filled with colour. I like the domestic setting.’
2nd Prize – Winner of £500 Cash & £500 worth of Jackson’s Art Gift Vouchers
‘Grey Drift 3’ by Graham Crowley
Oil on canvas
H 91cm x W 121cm
Illusion and reflection.
Catharine Davison: I really enjoy Graham Crowley’s work. At first sight the simplicity in the graphic nature and pop colours mean you do not see the beautiful mark making in the reflections. There is a playfulness in the imagery and how the shapes and forms work together – both on the surface and creating depth.
3rd Prize – Winner of £500 Cash & £500 worth of Jackson’s Art Gift Vouchers
‘Gather’ by Angela Bell
Oil on gesso panel
‘The current body of work consists of small scale oils, exploring the themes of origins and belonging. My work is developed from the source material of found photographs, which I obtain from a variety of sources. The selection process when choosing images to use as a starting point is based on composition, character and nostalgic recognition. In my work I look not to dictate a specific meaning but rather to prompt either some form of recognition or inspire curiosity and for the viewer to determine their individual narrative. When painting I create a detailed study in oil then through a process of working back in to the surface and exploring marking making techniques, I distort, eliminate and manipulate the image to create a visual balance. These personal depictions of people’s lives have been retrieved and revived in the form of intimate oils. A rare group piece, this image uses negative space as a technique to create a focal point and lead the viewer in their engagement with the image.’
Catharine Davison: I find this artists work intriguing. I have looked at her instagram account and this is a good example of the work. Her description of the process is interesting and i like her use of found photographs which she brings to life through the painting process- both additive and reductive. A stand out entry. The flecks of colour- although I do not know what they are seem to add something.
As the standard of entries was so high, the first half of the shortlist was so closely judged that the difference between the scores was minimal. We thought to share with you six of the runners up, again here you can see the breadth and diversity of the entries we received. There will be a series of interviews and articles with some of the artists on our blog throughout the next few months.
The winners of our four category prizes have also been selected by our category judges, with the winner each receiving £1,000. The winning entries are as follows:
Winner of Dry Media Category, judged by Ann Oram
‘Oranges’ by Anna Roberts
Pastel on Saunders Waterford 300g cotton paper.
28.5 x 38 cm
Comments from Ann: It’s a simple subject in some ways, but it is full of quiet observation and lovely colour. For me, it stood out. Technically very assured but also has an interesting eye for composition.
Winner of Acrylic Painting Category, judged by Scott Naismith
‘A Meticulous Disorder’ by Simon Hennessey
Acrylic on wooden panel
96 x 65 cm
‘A displacement of reality with the journey and the working out of the puzzle still in an unsolved and incompleted state, waiting to be made sense of. We can all plan out the context of our lives with some kind of formula and structure but fate may intervene and disruptions can and do happen.’
Comments from Scott: Love the fusion of 2 very different painting genres. Beautifully painted. Love the theme of construction/destruction and paradox.
Winner of Watercolour Painting Category, judged by Jean Haines
‘Welcome to my personal bar’ by Giovanni Balzarani
Watercolour on paper
‘Group of alcoholic bottles and glass jars with candies, in hyperrealism style; on Arches 640gr/mq paper and Daniel Smith, Schmincke and Sennelier colours.’
Comments from Jean: It was so difficult to choose a winner, the standard of entries was so high however this watercolour is technically very accomplished, the subject matter is intriguing and the artist uses light very effectively within the work.
Winner of Oil Painting Category, judged by Richard Pikesley
‘Mrs Damon and Mrs Healey (2nd version)’ by Teri Anne Scoble
Oil on canvas
‘Mrs Damon and Mrs Healey (2nd version) was painted a couple of years after the first version, which was exhibited in the BP Portrait Award in the National Portrait Gallery 2013. It is more detailed and the two ladies are in a different pose under the hairdryers.’