We are delighted to announce the six category prize winners for Jackson’s Painting Prize 2020. Each category represents a common theme or genre in 2-dimensional fine art and all entrants are required to select the most suitable category for their work when entering the competition. The categories are as follows: Figure/Portrait, Animal, Scenes of Everyday Life, Abstract/Non-representational, Landscape/Seascape/Cityscape, Still life/botanical. Congratulations to all the category prize winners who have each been awarded a £500 cash prize.
Portrait/Figure category prize winner: Angela Bell
“My work elevates the prosaic in the everyday life of lost individuals, committing the fleeting moments of the people we look through and discard to the form of intimate oils. The act of retrieving and reviving is at the core of my practice, from the collecting of found photographs as source material to the process of painting itself.
I create detailed studies in oil, and through a process of working back in to the surface and exploring mark making techniques, I distort, eliminate and manipulate the image to create a visual language. This process is based on my personal relationship with the individuals I am portraying, as well as the desire to create a painting with which the viewer can establish a point of communication. I do not look to dictate a specific meaning through the narrative presented but rather to prompt dialogue between the subject and the viewer.”
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Animal category prize winner: Maddy Buttling
“Painted from a screen-capture of a YouTube video, uploaded under a matching title. A famous family of dogs, vlogged in various scenarios by YouTuber ‘Jenna Marbles’.
This video sees her taking her dogs to a pet shop, picking out whichever toys or treats they touch, sniff, or paw at, and allowing them to take them all home. The moment in time selected for my painting is the pack’s car ride home. A tribute to these ephemeral online dog-idols, an act of deification through paint.”
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Scenes of Everyday Life category prize winner: Judith Tucker
“Judith Tucker has worked since 2013 on and with a contested coastal community on one of the U.K.’s last existing plotlands, the Humberston Fitties in Lincolnshire. Here, since between the wars, local people and visitors have erected their diverse dwellings, in order to enjoy the simple, restorative pleasures of seaside life. These paintings are from the series Night Fitties. They explore the play of light and dark and the uncanny transformations of the chalets that take place after hours as well as notions of vulnerability, occupation and emptiness. The work considers, in the shadow of recent dramatic political changes, how notions of place and identity are constructed on domestic and larger scales, as reflected by the play on flags and other indications of Englishness.”
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Abstract/Non-representational category prize winner: Zohar Cohen
“The painted landscape is severed from the original geographical setting and in this process of destruction and neutralization of the initial site, something different is formed. One can find a reference to the landscape – the horizon line, the sky and the earth – but the painting cannot be grasped and it remains open to interpretation. The painting stretches from right to left, up and down, inside and out, without any coherence, going through a universal experience of eternal existence, endlessness, life and death, tranquility and compassion – all of which rely on the reference to the city Kigali, Rwanda and the pain she carries.”
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Landscape/Cityscape/Seascape category prize winner: Robyn Litchfield
“My paintings are representations of sublime encounters with places; pristine and untouched. I draw from archival photographs and personal documents relating to the early exploration and colonisation of New Zealand aiming to reimagine and examine the experience of forays into a hitherto unknown space. I’m interested in the idea of wilderness and the unknown as a terrain of the mind and as a place that induces reflexivity.
I apply transparent paint in expressive brushstrokes and work back into it using various implements and processes such as scraping, layering and erasure to reveal the luminous ground below. The paint mimics the emulsion on the glass plates of early photographs whose images were revealed by light shining through them. I think of the ground like a screen where images are projected and perceived.
In “The Hollow Place, the foreground vegetation creates a cinematic perspective allowing the viewer to feel concealed whilst observing the ancient forest luminous in the fog and gloom. I aim to create a scene that may transport the viewer back in time to the silent stillness that can be found beside the slow-moving dark waters of primeval forest.”
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Still life/botanical category prize winner: Christopher Cook
“This work responds to three works from the Dutch Golden Age still life genre, to reconsider for a contemporary context, ideas concerning the accumulation and celebration of wealth.”
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Voting for the People’s Choice Award closes: 15th April 2020
People’s Choice Award and Emerging Artist Prize announced: 17th April, 2020
Winner of Jackson’s Painting Prize 2020 announced: 21st April, 2020
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