Jackson’s Painting Prize 2023 came to a close with the first ever large-scale exhibition of shortlisted works at Bankside Gallery, titled Rising Artists. The exhibition was a great success, with artists flying in from all over the world to join us in a celebration of talent. Watch interviews with some of the winning and shortlisted artists below, and view photos from the exhibition opening night.
We’re pleased to showcase a series of interviews with three Jackson’s Painting Prize 2023 shortlisted artists, filmed by the Jackson’s Team at Bankside Gallery, discussing their practice and experience of taking part in the competition with Evie Hatch, studio and materials specialist at Jackson’s Art. You’ll also hear from our 2023 Competition Coordinator, Josephine Zentner, discussing the competition, the inaugural exhibition, and looking ahead to next year.
Josephine Zentner, Jackson’s Painting Prize 2023 Coordinator
Evie Hatch had the pleasure of interviewing three winners: Kylie Sandford, who won the Dry Media Award with her pastel on paper work Microcosm I, and flew in from Canada to join us for the exhibition; Chris Longridge, who won the Portrait Award with his oil on wood painting Venus and Cupid; and JP Oakley who made the shortlist with his acrylic on canvas painting Still Stream at Furnace Wood.
Kylie Sandford, Dry Media Award Winner
0:38 Could You Start by Telling Us About Your Artistic Journey?
1:20 When Did You Start Using Soft Pastels and Why?
4:18 Can You Talk About Why You’re So Drawn to the Natural World as a Subject?
7:42 Do You Wet the Pastel at All When You’re Making?
8:14 Which Artists Have Inspired Your Work the Most Do You Think?
8:50 What Advice Do You Have for Artists Who Are Looking to Start Working in Soft Pastel?
10:36 Do you consider this piece to be a painting or a drawing?
11:01 How Does It Feel to Exhibit Here in Bankside in London?
Image Credits (In Order of Appearance)
Emily Carr, Autumn in France, 1911 (National Gallery of Canada)
Drew Burnham, Tribune Channel Trees, 2020 (Bau-xi Gallery Toronto)
Nicholas Party, Sunrise, 2018 (Mma, Photo: Isabelle Arthuis)
Chris Longdrige, Portrait Award Winner
0:36 Could You Tell Us About Your Journey to Becoming an Artist?
1:30 How Did This Painting, Venus and Cupid, Come About?
3:00 What Place Do You Think Painting Has in a Post-digital World in General?
3:50 Why Do You Show the Technological Influence Within Your Work?
6:08 You Use a Lot of Technology in Your Work, Do You Think AI is a Threat for Artists Working Going Forward?
7:39 What Art Materials Can You Not, What Materials Can You Not Live Without?
9:12 Which Artists Do You Think Has Inspired You the Most in Your Work?
9:50 You’ve Been a Contestant More Than Once on Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year, What Do You Think is the Key to Getting a Likeness in a Portrait?
11:08 How Do You Know When a Painting is Finished?
12:37 How Did It Feel to Win the Portrait Award This Year at Jackson’s Painting Prize?
12:59 Do You Think It’ll Motivate Your to Enter More Prizes in the Future?
Image Credits (In Order of Appearance)
Peter Paul Rubens, Saint Simon, c.1612 (Museo Del Prado)
Lucian Freud, Reflection With Two Children, 1965 (Photo: Bridgeman Images)
Caravaggio, Boy Bitten by a Lizard, c.1593 (the National Gallery London)
Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith Beheading Holofernes, c.1612 (the Uffizi Gallery)
Francisco Goya, Witches Flight, 1798 (Museo Del Prado)
JP Oakley, Shortlisted Artist:
0:30 You Have a Really Interesting Story of How You Started Painting, Can You Tell Us a Bit About That?
1:33 Did Painting Come Naturally to You?
2:25 What is It About Acrylic That You Like Using?
3:17 Why is it that you were drawn to East Sussex as a subject?
4:11 How Did You Choose the Colour Palette for Your Painting?
4:50 Which Artists Do You Think Have Inspired Your Work?
5:25 When You Were Painting This Painting Did You Work in the Studio Primarily, or Did You Make Sketches on Site?
6:26 What Advice Do You Have for People Who Are Looking to Start a Journey With Painting?
7:04 What’s Your Impression of the Show Here at Bankside?
Image Credits (In Order of appearance):
David Hockney, Woldgate Woods, 2010 (Photo: Richard Schmidt)
Eric Ravilious, Vale of the White Horse, 1939 (Tate)
John Nash, A Suffolk Landscape, c.1936-7 (Tate)
Peter Doig, The Architects Home in the Ravine, 1991 (Saatchi Gallery)