This week we welcome Miranda Boulton to the Jackson’s Painting Prize 2022 judging panel. Miranda won the Jackson’s Painting Prize 2021 with her painting After Rachel I, after the Dutch artist, Rachel Ruysch. Here, she shares her experience of winning the award and gives her advice to those thinking about entering the competition this year.
Above image: After Rachel I, 2020, Miranda Boulton, Oil and acrylic spray paint on canvas, 76 x 61 cm | 29.9 x 24.0 in
Clare: How does it feel to be on the other side of the competition this year? What are you looking forward to in your role as a judge?
Miranda: It is such a pleasure to be in the position of judging the competition and intriguing to understand the other side of the process. I am very excited to see the work and find those paintings, which resonate with me
Clare: What was the best thing about winning the Jackson’s Painting Prize 2021?
Miranda: I think the best part of winning the Jackson’s Painting Prize 2021 is the confidence it has given me in my work. Being an artist is such a rollercoaster of highs and lows. You have to be incredibly self motivated, the prize is confirmation that all my hard work has paid off
Clare: Which four artists, dead or alive, would you invite to a dinner party and why?
Miranda: It’s so hard to narrow the list down, but if I am thinking about interesting conversations it would be Francis Bacon, Philip Guston, Frida Kahlo and Edouard Manet.
Clare: What have been your exhibition highlights of 2021, either online or in real life? Who are the artists you are most inspired by this past year?
Miranda: I haven’t seen as many exhibitions as usual this year due to the pandemic but by far the highlight for me was the Helen Frankenthaler exhibition ‘Radical Beauty’ at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. For me it was perfect: small, very focused and well curated. I have adored her paintings for years, but never really explored her print making so this was a real treat. The works are luminous, delicate, experimental and beautiful.
The other highlight for me was finally visiting the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. They have an extensive collection of more than 90 still-life paintings by 17th Century Dutch and Flemish artists. It is a fantastic collection, with some incredible works and has given me inspiration for my next body of work.
Clare: How important do you think awards and competitions are for artists today?
Miranda: Competitions can give artists vital exposure to new audiences and collectors. They can be pivotal in an artist’s career. Regularly exhibiting helps artists keep in touch with their contemporaries and feel part of the art scene
Clare: What will you be looking for in the entries submitted to the competition this year?
Miranda: I haven’t got any specific criteria, I am interested in finding works, which speak to me on an emotional level. It’s that special something, which can’t be defined, but you know it instantly when you find it.
Clare: Do you have any advice for artists out there thinking about entering Jackson’s Painting Prize this year?
Miranda: Enter work you are truly happy with and best represents your practice. Make sure your statement is clear, concise and reflects who you are. I think the best thing is to be yourself in your application.
Clare: What can you tell us about your upcoming projects?
Miranda: As I mentioned I am working on a new body of paintings in response to the 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings at the Ashmolean Museum. These will be exhibited in a two person later this year.
Another body of work, which is at the ideas stage, is researching and responding to the work of Mary Moser the 18th century British Painter and founding member of the Royal Academy. I can see this being a large series; I am especially excited about focusing in depth on one artists work.
Watch our interview with Miranda here: