Our fourth Commended Entry for Jackson’s Open Painting Prize has been announced! During the JOPP entry period, we will be commending one entry each week that we think is of exceptional quality. All commended entries are automatically added to the longlist meaning they will be considered for the six Category Prizes, the People’s Choice Award, the Shortlist and the Overall Prize. To submit your work, please go to our Jackson’s Open Painting Prize Website.
Commended Entry Winner: Frances Bell
Oil on canvas, 138 x 46 x 2
‘Laury has a captivating face as I see it. She looks very regal and I thought a triptych would suit her face and direct mannerisms.’
Jackson’s Judging Panel:
‘Natural tones, soft, painterly marks and a very well considered composition have lifted this traditional triptych to a high and beautiful level of painting. Each piece has a wonderfully gentle aura; the calm, patient face of the subject gazes quietly out of the canvas and away from the light source, drawing a sense of depth and spatial awareness into each piece. The yellow glow is caught in her auburn hair and soaked up by her brown fleece, framing the palpable, slightly Freudian, rendering of her face, focusing the viewer on the minuscule but poignant highlights in her eyes. Overall, a very poetic, contemporary portrait. ‘