The time has come for us to announce our three major prize winners in the Jackson’s Open Painting Prize 2019. We are delighted to finally reveal the Overall Winner – Iain Nicholls, The Emerging Artist Prize Winner – Ruairi Fallon McGuigan and the People’s Choice Award Winner – Ali Bannister. We look forward to finding out more about them, their artwork and creative processes and sharing this with you over the coming weeks. Congratulations!
Overall Winner of Jackson’s Open Painting Prize 2019: Iain Nicholls
Oil on canvas, 91 x 122 x 3 cm
“Painting of an old canal near where I live in South Yorkshire”
Iain has won a cash prize of £5000.00 and his winning painting will be on display at our finalists exhibition at the Affordable Art Fair Hampstead from 9th – 12th May, 2019.
Emerging Artist Prize: Ruairi Fallon McGuigan
Ruairi Fallon McGuigan
Oil on board, 122 x 244 x 1.8 cm
“Caravan I engages with the London housing-crisis, rising rents and alternative living. This painting takes an autobiographical viewpoint on broader socio-political subject. Having lived in Art Studios, basements, derelict buildings and now a caravan in Central London, I have combined memories, architectural designs and personal photographic reference in the painting. Spaces are constructed and distorted in order to covey the reality of domestic spaces; objects in various states of solidity suggest a transience to the existence.”
The Emerging Artist Prize is a cash prize of £1000.00. We look forward to seeing more of Ruairi’s work in the future.
People’s Choice Award: Ali Bannister
The Spanish Horse
Pastel on pastel card, 35 x 26.5 cm
“There is a quote by Nuno Oliveira, ‘The horse is the best judge of a good rider, not the spectator. If the horse has a high opinion of the rider, he will let himself be guided, if not, he will resist.’
My aim was to produce a picture that showed a horse who has judged his rider and found him worthy of following. It’s a true partnership then; a relationship completely in harmony; two species in sync; speaking a language that both understand and respect. The horse willing to give whatever is asked and the rider wise enough and respectful enough to not ask too much.
The horse in the picture is ‘Karioko’. He belonged to the late Miguel Tovar who won many competitions with his Spanish horses. (This picture was drawn with kind permission from a photograph by Diego López Rodríguez).”
The People’s Choice Award is a cash prize of £1000.00. Thank you to everyone who voted on the Longlist. You will be hearing more about Ali’s work on the blog soon.
Key Dates Remaining
Shortlist Gallery at the Affordable Art Fair Hampstead: 9th – 12th May, 2019
Jackson’s Competitions Panel Discussion – Affordable Art Fair Hampstead, Sunday May 12th – Re-Balance Room, 1.00 pm – 1.30 pm