The Jackson’s Open Painting Prize grew to be the biggest it’s ever been this year – thank you so much to everyone who participated as an entrant, judge, voter or those who followed along! We were absolutely astounded by the quality (and quantity!) of the works submitted and are incredibly grateful that the Affordable Art Fair gave us such fantastic opportunities to champion these talented artists. Read about the myriad of prize winners, events and excellent people who contributed to this year’s competition in our overview below.
Overall Jackson’s Open Painting Prize Winner: Tom Down
‘frontier’ by Tom Down is an exceptionally beautiful example of contemporary painting. By combining his superb technical skills with a fascinating, hand-made subject, Tom has created a work that cleverly utilises still-life painting traditions to comment on our perceptions of the modern world’s fragile, ever-changing, hyper-romanticized landscape. We are absolutely delighted to announce this painting as Winner of the Jackson’s Open Painting Prize; Tom received £5,000 in prize money, the pride of place at our exhibition at the Affordable Art Fair and exposure across our social media platforms, prize website, newsletters and future prize promotion. Winning the Jackson’s Open Painting Prize means Tom’s work was not only chosen out of the 3,327 international entries, but it also made it through multiple rounds of judging by both our in-house team and our panel of Expert Judges.
The Affordable Art Fair
Collaborating with the Affordable Art Fair completely revolutionised our competition – thanks to their extraordinary generosity, the Jackson’s Open Painting Prize changed from a purely digital project to having a physical exhibition and a panel talk all of which took place at the Hampstead Affordable Art Fair. We felt overjoyed to be able to give our competition finalists the exposure their stunning work deserved – this year, the fair was visited by over 20,000 people!
Our panel talk was given by Debbie Chessell (Jackson’s Competitions Manager), Tegen Hager-Suart (Jackson’s Copywriter and Marketing Executive), Tom Down (Winner of JOPP 2018) and Angela Bell (Third Prize Winner of JOPP 2016). The talk discussed the structure, purpose and design of our competitions plus the audience heard first hand from Tom and Angela how competitions can impact artists’ careers.
We thought our panel of Expert Judges did a fantastic job of choosing this phenomenal gallery of works – you can read more about each Judge, their decision-making process and their career backgrounds in their interviews below: