After receiving votes from over 4,000 people for the public voting and after many hours of deliberation from the Jackson’s Judging Panel, we are delighted to announce the winners for the Jackson’s Amateur Artist Prize! Six medium-based prizes and 10 People’s Choice Awards have been chosen – read on to find out about each winning artwork.
6 Medium-based Prizes: £200 Jackson’s Art Gift Voucher each
Winners were chosen by the Jackson’s Judging Panel
Watercolour Prize Winner (£200 Jackson’s Art Supplies Gift Voucher): Estuary Light by Anne Ware, watercolour on paper, 34cm x 28cm
‘I’m under the spell of the watercolour medium and constantly aim to harness its unpredictability and beauty to make paintings which impact the viewer with a simple message or mood, based on my experiences.’
Description of Artwork:
‘Light and dark at night in the estuary, with a storm coming.’
Acrylic Prize Winner (£200 Jackson’s Art Supplies Gift Voucher): Lega.sea by Nah Pinheiro, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 50cm
‘My idea is to try to bring colour and escape to people’s daily lives. Today everything is very chaotic and absurd, so I try to escape (and take this escape to those who are watching the work) with nature and animals, mainly, half playful half surreal, that are the things that move me the most and I believe that they move the world – and unfortunately we’re destroying all this. It is a redemption of the consciousness of the world and inner awareness, of stopping the day, of breathing, of reflecting. If I can do that for 3 seconds, I’ll be happy.’
Description of Artwork:
‘A little bit of gold nature to warm up our legacy.’
Pastel Prize Winner (£200 Jackson’s Art Supplies Gift Voucher): Egg on Toast by Paul Hinks, pastels on pastelmat, 20cm x 20cm
‘I am a self-taught pastel artist living and working in the UK, and I specialise in animal portraiture. I have drawn for as long as I can remember, but only in the last two years have I dedicated more time to producing artwork. I am fascinated by colour and texture and their interplay with light, and I find the endless variation of these things in the natural world a constant source of inspiration.’
Description of Artwork:
‘This still life was produced with pastel pencils on pastelmat. I was interested in the contrasting textures of the egg and the bread and enjoyed the challenge of rendering them with pastel pencils. I changed the colour of the background to a cool purple to compliment the warm yellows and oranges in the yolk.’
Mixed Media Prize Winner (£200 Jackson’s Art Supplies Gift Voucher): A River Runs Through by Louise Fletcher, acrylic, mixed media and collage on 3 wood panels, 90 x 30 x 5cm
‘I create multi-layered, semi-abstract paintings in which landscape serves as a jumping off point for exploration – an exploration of my own feelings, perceptions, and moods, but also an exploration of paint, colour, line, and texture. The results are often surprising, offering a sense of place while also hinting at multiple deeper meanings.
My paintings evolve over time, layer upon layer, and in this way, they mirror life and the landscape that has inspired them. Each new layer adds depth, but the history remains underneath and is glimpsed now and again. Each mark is evidence of what went before, each colour choice reflects the moment in which it was chosen. Just as in life, nothing can ever be fully erased; nothing is ever without meaning.’
Description of Artwork:
‘Semi-abstract landscape inspired by the rivers that run through the Yorkshire Dales. I chose the three panels to convey the way the river traverses great distances and varied topography.’
Drawing and Printmaking Prize Winner (£200 Jackson’s Art Supplies Gift Voucher): New day Hunstanton beach by Margaret Mallows, lino printing ink and paper, 30 x 40cm
‘Having always liked to drawing and painting, when I left school I started work for Dennis Syrett, a highly regarded painter in oils; he later became President of the Royal Society of Oil Painters (ROI). With his encouragement, I started oil painting and exhibited and sold at the Mall Gallery with the New English Art Club exhibitions in 1976 and 1977. After that, very busy work and family commitments prevented me from spending much time on art.
Over the last 18 months – 2 years I have found the time to take up art again, and having always liked prints I have taught myself some printmaking – dry-point etching and reduction lino printing, both of which I really enjoy. I still love to paint and draw as well.
There is no one type of subject that I like – I like to experiment and try different things, and above all, I want to share my work, and this has sold now not just within the UK, but also numerous times to the USA, and far East, Australia, Ireland and Germany.’
Description of Artwork:
‘I have tried to capture the purity of a clear dawn sky here, and show the striped cliffs Hunstanton is famous for. With this view of the beach, the rising sun cannot be seen, so it’s a promise of the fine day ahead.
This is a lino reduction print; one piece of lino was used, with more linocut away each time more colours were added.’
Oil Prize Winner (£200 Jackson’s Art Supplies Gift Voucher): Veteran by Michael Sheldon, oil on aluminium panel, 51 x 41 x 3mm
‘Hailing from the Wirral and living in London I am a self-taught artist. I served just over 8 years in the Royal Marines and conducted 2 tours of Afghanistan. After leaving the Corps I went into the private security sector and spent 3 years protecting merchant vessels from the threat of pirates. During this time I would take small canvasses out with me and this rekindled my love of art again. I also wrote many songs on guitar and released a comedy album about my time in the Royal Marines with 20% profits going to a Royal Marines charity. Most of the paintings I did during this time were given to a local charity from my hometown called Friends of Grange Hill and were auctioned off.
I decided to take painting seriously in November 2017 and since then I am constantly improving. I am a realist painter touching on hyperrealism currently painting mainly Portraits in Oil medium and Pastel.
I am a fan of chiaroscuro style paintings and this is something I can see myself exploring further.’
Description of Artwork:
‘This is my second ever self-portrait. I decided to paint a chiaroscuro style to add to the dramaticism. The pose is supposed to resemble a veteran deep in thought, thinking about the experiences he has witnessed during his time in service.
Since leaving the Royal Marines sometimes it has been a struggle to adapt to the civilian street and I tried to capture that with this painting.’
10 People’s Choice Awards: £50 Jackson’s Art Gift Voucher each
Winners determined by public vote – the 10 artworks with the highest number of votes
Wok Cuisine by Francisco Carlos Ruiz Burgos, watercolour on paper, 30 cm x 40 cm
‘Drawing and painting have been always my hobbies since I was a kid, maybe, for this reason, I went to uni to study architecture. After work, I always try to have time to read about art history, learn new techniques and keep up to date with new trends.
Since a couple of years ago, I focus on ´people in action´ as the main theme, I spend hours sketching from different sources to find the composition that I want. When it is drawn, I start to work with different colours in layers to create the base of my painting, more or less happy with the atmosphere that I have created, I put every single time more and more details until the painting is done. Normally I use glazing and drybrush techniques at the end of my works.
Usually, I work with watercolours because of their luminosity but also I paint with oils and inks.’
Warship on the way by Sweta Kaushik, watercolour on paper, 28 x 37.4 x 0.1cm
‘I am Sweta, have been painting from last 19 months, for watercolour is a means to express what is going inside me. My handling and subjects changes according to my personality. It gives me the feeling of achievement, that my job could never give. If I don’t make paintings for a few days then I feel guilty and sad. Now I know I am hooked completely and will continue to paint for life. I want to invent new ways and techniques – it is a new field that seems magical to me. I make art about what I want to see and where I want to go, also about subjects that tell deep stories. Landscapes, seascapes and ships are my favorite subjects. I believe a simple watercolour painting says a lot about what all had happened. It took me 3 hours to make Warship on the Way, but it took me much more time to get prepared mentally and to gain the skill to be able to execute it.
I display emotions through my paintings by changing the atmosphere and colour.’
Reflection by Michael Sheldon, pastel on pastelmat mounted on foamboard, 30cm x 30cm x 5mm
‘This was the first ever pastel drawing I had done at the beginning of this year. This started me off on my art journey and one of the drawings I like the most that I have done to date. This drawing is of my cat. My cat loves to watch the world go by out the window and I thought the composition of the reflection staring back would look great.’
Girl in the Rabbit Dress by Sheara Abrahams, acrylic on paper, 28cm x 38cm
‘Having recently rediscovered my paintbrush after many years, I’ve found that now I’m even more inspired by the world around me – the people I see, the places I go – and I’m never found without my sketchbook tucked into my bag, in order to record the beauty that can be found in the ordinary everyday sights.
Over the years, I have become much more comfortable using pens and pencils and have dabbled a bit in illustration. However, my regained love of painting has inspired me to explore mark making with the aim to create a more expressive style and capture the essence and emotion of the people and places I choose as subject matter.’
Milo by Michael Sheldon, pastel on pastelmat mounted on foamboard, 40cm x 30cm x 5mm
‘Milo was rescued from the streets of Sarajevo, Bosnia and now living with my Aunt and she asked me to paint this for her.’
Tulips collision by Muram Shaheen, acrylic on canvas, 20cm x 20cm x 2cm
‘The Tulips collision piece idea is reflecting that some damages can cause beautiful scars. Inspired by Tulip Mania period.’
Underworld by Kateryna Petrovskak, watercolour on paper, 24cm x 32cm
‘Green for distressed mind. Water to calm down the whirling emotions. Sunshine to evaporate the night and bring light to hidden problems, long forgotten secrets. Clean your mind and soul with fresh cold water. Make it sing!’
Aileen by Esther Murphy, Mars Staedtler pencils 2h & 2b on Stonehenge grey pearl paper, 42cm x 59cm
‘I was born in Scotland and moved to London at 21 years old. I didn’t take art in school but was always drawing, mostly ladies of days gone by with flowing dresses and forlorn faces. Later in life following two miscarriages, my husband bought me an oil set and whilst I had never tried painting I gave it a go. I was hooked.
I had always loved the effect of realism in art and although I have never had lessons of any sort I wanted to be able to achieve a good likeness of the subject I preferred to draw, which was usually portraits, but my lack of experience stopped me from attempting any classes etc. as I always felt you had to have a good basic grip of art. Life was very busy anyway and I never got round to pursuing my desire any further.
On purchasing a new house about ten years ago, my husband built me a studio in the attic and I had no more excuses! I then discovered some workshops that taught the Bargue method of drawing, which on mastering would lead to painting and I loved it. I subsequently travel around Europe whenever I see a workshop by artists I admire the methods I respect. As a businesswoman, I don’t have time to pursue fully the teachings available so I have adapted the methods learned to create my own pencil works as realistic as possible whilst retaining some personal style.
I only use two pencils for the drawings from start to finish – a 2h and a 2b pencil, but perhaps four or five of each per drawing as they have to be sharp and sandpapered to fine points and they break very easily. Each drawing takes me approximately two to three months if I get to work on it at night and some of the weekend. It is all about rendering to a finish that conveys as realistic a likeness possible without venturing into the hyper-realistic type of art that is very popular today. I try to achieve a romantic overall effect at the same time.’
Lilac breasted roller by Christopher Durant, coloured pencils: Caran d’Ache Luminance and Faber Castell Polychromos on Strathmore toned tan paper, 14cm x 21cm
‘I have been drawing all my life and it is my main passion. I gave it up for 5 years due to differences with an art teacher I had at school. I am now fully on track and would love the opportunity to showcase my work on a larger scale. Other artists greatly inspire me and my work and encourage me to do better. My main topic of art is bird and dog-related as they are my favourite creatures to draw!’
Flower Girl by Anna Judge, acrylic on raw canvas, 35 x 45 x 2cm
‘I am passionate about figurative art and portraiture of all kinds. My work is mainly autobiographical, a way of capturing phases in mine and my family’s lives. I am captivated by how the artistic process can draw out the subject’s embedded traits and character that are not always prominent in day to day life. I am continually fascinated by the way in which an artist’s emotional contribution to a drawing, whether conscious or not, can affect the final piece, and how this can be read differently from person to person.
I enjoy experimenting with different materials and how they affect the style of a piece. At the moment I am working mainly with charcoal and chalk on toned paper. I think it gives an image a nostalgic, dramatic feel and I enjoy the wide range of contrast control it gives me.’