2023 saw many exciting changes to Jackson’s Painting Prize including an inaugural exhibition of shortlisted artworks at Bankside Gallery, in addition to our yearly stand at Affordable Art Fair.
Alongside the two London exhibitions, the season also saw an impressive expert judging panel including Martin Gayford and Ell Pennick, and 16 varied awards.
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. 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. You’ll also hear from our 2023 Competition Coordinator, Josephine Zentner, discussing the competition, the inaugural exhibition, and looking ahead to next year. Watch now
“Out of Now is part of my painting series that explores identity and belonging, often showing figures in transitional spaces. My parents were born in China during the Cultural Revolution and I was born and raised in the United States. I’m interested in painting as a way of creating a permeability between past and present.
There is a conversation that emerges while I work; the figures look back at me and there is a sense of back and forth. The title of this painting pays homage to the book of the same name about the artist, Tehching Hsieh, who creates year long performance pieces that are about how “all art comes from life.”
Kuangyi Liu, Interior No.5
Oil on canvas, 54 x 46 cm
“This painting records the corner of home, when life went on, but all felt still and unusual in 2021.”
Kuangyi Liu is a self-taught artist based in Cambridge. She enjoys painting from observation, particularly figurative and portrait in oil.
People’s Choice Award
Lucy Gable, Menopausal Me
Oil on panel, 40 x 40 cm
“I’m particularly drawn to painting portraits in oil, often female, and I try to capture the over-riding emotion of a particular singular moment. I often find that those emotions are obscure but intense, and include exhaustion, fury, exasperation and joy.”
Ginny Elston, The Burden of Being
Acrylic on paper, 120 x 168 cm
“‘The Burden of Being’ is an uncomfortable confrontation of our ceaseless habits of consuming and discarding materials that will long outlive us on the planet. We spend our lives accumulating ‘stuff’, and I wanted to make a painting that speaks of the overwhelming and overbearing nature of this stuff.”
Portrait Award Winner
Chris Longridge, Venus and Cupid
Oil on panel, 72 x 60 cm
Chris Longridge is an artist based in Kent. He works primarily in oils and explores the limitations and opportunities afforded by paint in a post-digital environment, particularly regarding portraiture and the figure. Venus and Cupid is a domestic portrait that references mythology and baroque painting while employing a discontinuous composition that challenges straightforward interpretation.
Landscape Award Winner
David Stewart, Tower Shadow
Oil on canvas, 137 x 182 cm
“My landscape paintings address the tension between suburban and natural spaces in a contemporary context. As a painter originally from the West Coast of Canada, I am interrogating the legacy of Canadian landscape painters from a critical perspective that is conscious of my own European settler heritage.”
Animal Award Winner
Rosie Phillips, Babs
Oil on canvas, 61 x 61 cm
“A miraculous moment of calm in my collie pup, following a very, very long walk.”
Rosie Phillips is a 21 year old self taught painter based in Norfolk. She won the Sworders’ Art Prize for Emerging Artists, The Sir John Hurt Art Prize (Highly Commended) and the John Dalton: Gently Does It Art Prize. Last November Rosie took part in Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year, where her painting was shortlisted by the judges.
Petra Schott, And Then She Decided To Take A Bath
Oil on canvas, 140 x 140 cm
Petra Schott is a German abstract painter. She weaves personal and collective memories from her daily life into shapes, marks and lines, creating an abstract language of painting that oscillates between lyrical abstraction and figurative references.
This painting is an homage to the many works of Pierre Bonnard painting his wife taking a bath. He captures intimacy and sensuality, which interest Petra in her paintings, too.
Still Life Award
Li Ning, A Room of One’s Own
Oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm
Li’s works represent subjects under allegorical and fantastic imagination. His sources of inspiration come from both mythical forms and ordinary objects.
Deeply influenced by Renaissance painters such as Titian and Botticelli, Li realized figurative paintings contain infinite possibilities. By embracing Renaissance painters, he incorporates their style to depict his subjects in a contemporary art construct.
Scenes of Everyday Life Award
Robbie Bushe, Night Visitor
Oil on panel, 40 x 50 cm
Night Visitor is a part of an ongoing project titled ‘Ghosts in the Garden’, in which Robbie has made an observational drawing from his home as a participant in ‘100 Day Project Scotland’. These 100 drawings have formed the starting point of a series of narrative paintings and animations.
Mind’s Eye Award
Iain Andrews, Double Portion
Acrylic on canvas, 122 x 91 cm
Iain’s paintings begin as a dialogue, both with a particular Folk Tale and also with an image from art history – often a painting by an Old Master that may then be used as a starting point from which to playfully but reverently deviate.
Julia Asenbaum, Cibotium Glaucum
Watercolour on paper, 56 x 76 cm
“Nature’s intricate beauty; I could forever lose myself in it. Using watercolours I tried to capture every little detail of this otherworldly fern. The process of observing and painting felt like a journey to an alien landscape.”
Julia Asenbaum studied plant science at the University of Vienna. Her scientific work on the Pollination Biology of spurges was published in the Journal of Plant Science. After receiving her Masters degree she started a three year diploma in botanical illustration at the Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh.
Anna Kurkova, Three Magi
Oil on paper, 152 x 101 cm
Three Magi are a visual interpretation of a timeless story of a call answered and joy celebrated. But this time the sky is clouded and the guiding star absent. An allegory for life’s journey, this pilgrimage is more personal, less structured, and perhaps without a set destination.
David Kinsey, Untitled
Acrylic on canvas, 76 x 101 cm
“Embedded in abstract forms, there lies a heightened sensitivity and commitment to the materiality and mark making experience. This is the fuel that propels the expressionistic responses and reactions of automatism. I strive to elevate this in an abstract language with notions of aesthetics, accident, purposefulness, structures, dichotomies, the physical versus the ethereal, internal versus external.”
Dry Media Award
Kylie Sandford, Microcosm I
Pastel on paper, 63 x 51 cm
For Sandford, creating these drawings is a way of forging a close relationship with nature. By taking the time to observe and appreciate the small details of the natural world, she feels a deeper connection to the environment. In turn, she hopes that her art can inspire others to take a closer look at the world and appreciate the beauty and complexity of even the smallest things. She uses a variety of techniques, including layering, blending, and painting with water, to create these richly detailed and impressionistic images on paper.
Catherine MacDiarmid, Personal Space: Dancer
Watercolour on paper, 35 x 35 cm
Catherine’s work is inspired by the people around her – friends and close family feature predominantly. She never seeks to flatter, but rather to unveil hidden narratives and record situations the way she sees or recalls them, representing a memory, relationship, event, or even a feeling, making each piece very personal.
The panel consisted of practising artists, critics, writers, and gallerists who each brought their own unique perspective on the entries, and cultivated a varied selection of winners.
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Kayoon was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1997. She studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and painting in Siena before specialising in portraiture at Heatherley School of Art. Kayoon has exhibited in Cambridge, London, Siena and Florence and has painted notable sitters such as actor Ncuti Gatwa, author Bernardine Evaristo and BBC reporter Clive Myrie. She currently works as a figurative painter in London.
Director of Affordable Art Fair UKhttps://www.hugobarclay.com/
With a decade of experience at the cross section of art, technology and commerce, Hugo is interested in the social commentary championing global culture and the access to art. Currently Art fair director of the Affordable Art Fair, he also founded ArtThou, a Visual Arts platform promoting ultra contemporary artists.
Critic and Authorhttps://www.martingayford.co.uk/
Martin Gayford is a writer, mainly about art. Over the years he’s been an art critic for several publications including the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, and Spectator.
He’s written several books, including two he co-authored with David Hockney. He’s sat for portraits by both Hockney and Lucian Freud, and his most recent book is Love Lucian (2022), a collection of Lucian Freud’s early correspondence.
Lorena won Jackson’s Painting Prize 2022 with her work ‘January Assessment’. Her practice is research-based, with unique methods of collecting the narratives she depicts.
Lorena’s work is part of the Alveston Fine art collection, and she will be showing at the RSA New Contemporaries this year.
Sahara Longe, London based painter, was classically trained in Florence in the sight-size technique at Charles Cecil Studios before drifting into her own style.
She has been exhibited in several cities across the US, and had a solo stand at Frieze London with Timothy Taylor. Her work draws on the lost methods of Old Master painting as well as the emotional ambiguity and high colour of German Expressionism.
Director and Founder of Guts Galleryhttps://gutsgallery.co.uk/
Ell was born in a working-class family in Yorkshire, and is proudly Queer. Questioning the wider austerity and inequality within the art world, they founded Guts Gallery with no business background or commercial gallery experience.
Since then, they’ve made it their mission to support otherwise-underrepresented artists, and have successfully established Guts as one of the leading galleries championing contemporary voices.