“My paintings are about the experiences of women – most of my paintings are of women in a scene. It’s the hidden thoughts and the psychology of the situation that interest me most. I use pattern and light to transform ordinary, tangible objects into pliable masses and ugly squiggles. I am excited by light and colour, which paint serves best, and love how the playfulness of this can, paradoxically, add a sort of melancholy to the thing it’s depicting.
My iconography is developed from everyday stories, places and faces, but also makes use of elements from older visual languages and across the boundaries between ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture. Sometimes I’ll confront the viewer with enigmatic behaviours (there’s always something private and inaccessible about the subjects); and at other times I’ll use rituals, symbols and tokens to disrupt the reading of the image. It’s not a radical effect: more a gentle skewing. Sometimes it’s the slightest gesture that feels most significant.
Geraniums is set in the greenhouse of my neighbours garden, that I grew up next door to. Those are the trees of my childhood memories. I often return home to stage my scenes, that is my place of play.”
Emerging Artist Prize
“With this piece I was looking at ways to escape the really familiar landscape composition, and up close at how plants were somehow thriving a marina bank. Next I created pencil studies to decide on the colours and composition. I rarely use the true colours, as it feels too familiar again. Instead I use new colour combinations, with similar tonal values. I decided on a warm red base, and then using colour triangle theory choose the other key colour ways; blue-violet and green-blue. The study also helps create an exaggerated reality, which is more interesting in the final piece. The painting process is very time consuming, 90% done using a small brush. Rather than working into wet paint, I build up layers of clean colour, leaving glimpse of what went down before. I also describe the nature and volume of a plant or material, using patterns and by doing the negative space around it last. This means cutting in afterwards; like if you were to create a drawing by doing the white of the paper last. In turn the magic of this environment and the seemingly mundane plants, are celebrated by the attention to detail and the process.”
Category Prize Winner
“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.”
Category Prize Winner
“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.”
Abstract/non-representational category prize winner
“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.”
Animal category prize winner
“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.”
category prize winner
“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.”
Scenes of Everyday Life
category prize winner
“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.”
People’s Choice Award
“I wanted to capture the character of my dog. He is a proud dog but has a gentle soul shown in his eyes. I wanted to show the different colours of his fur in different lights.”
Click to view profile
Artist, Author, Presenter & EducatorView profile
Artist & Winner of Jackson’s Open Painting Prize 2019View profile
Artist, Curator, Teacher & WriterView profile
Artist & WriterView profile
Artist, Teacher & WriterView profile
Affordable Art Fair UK Fair DirectorView profile
Artist, Author, Presenter & Educatorhttp://adebanjialade.co.uk/
Adebanji is well known as the Addictive Sketcher. He is simply addicted to sketching people everywhere. His works focus on people and places. With people he explores their moods, beauty, age, culture and the effect of light on their features. With places, it’s all about the mood, lighting, reflections, shadows and the energy present at a particular point in time.
Adebanji presents short art documentaries on The One Show on the BBC. He teaches drawing and painting the portrait and figure at Heatherley’s School of Art and The Art Academy in London. He is the Vice President of The Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He is also the author of the book, The Addictive Sketcher to be released in January 2020.
He is also a motivational speaker and believes in the development of the human mind to achieve anything it can conceive.
Artist & Winner of Jackson’s Open Painting Prize 2019http://iain-nicholls.com
Iain Nicholls, overall winner of Jackson’s Painting Prize 2018, paint landscapes from photographs and makes Virtual Reality landscape worlds from his imagination which are then used as subject matter for his paintings.
He is interested in the dialogue between old and new ways of making art, between the detached Virtual Reality worlds of imagination and the reality of the real world that he physically moves through and photographs.
A member of the Royal Watercolour Society, his work was included in the Charles Williams RWS book Basic Watercolour. He was the artist in residence at The Lookout Tower Aldeburgh and had solo shows in London, Barnsley and Dublin.
Artist, Curator, Teacher & Writerhttps://www.rosalinddavis.co.uk
Rosalind Davis is an artist-curator and a graduate of The RCA (2005) and Chelsea College of Art (2003). As an artist Davis has exhibited nationally and internationally and has had a number of solo shows in London. Her work is held in a number of private and public collections including Soho House. In 2018-19 Davis has been working with artist Justin Hibbs on collaborative projects which they have shown at no format gallery, Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery and the Foundry Gallery.
Davis was appointed Curator at Collyer Bristow Gallery in 2016 and curates 3 exhibitions per year there and to date has curated 30 exhibitions so far in her career. Her exhibitions at the Collyer Bristow Gallery have featured in: The Times, City Magazine, a-n Reviews, Art Top 10, The Londonist’s top 7 exhibitions in London, Paul Carey-Kent’s Artworld and DateagleArt blog. Other co-curatorial projects have been at Standpoint Gallery, Arthouse1, Geddes Gallery. Davis co-directed arts organisations Zeitgeist Arts Projects (2012-15) at Bond House Gallery (ASC) and Core Gallery 2010-12. In both of these organizations she ran a number of curatorial projects and an artist education programme as well as tutorials and art tours.
Davis is co-author of ‘What they didn’t teach you at art school’ commissioned by Octopus Books which is internationally distributed across the world and has written a number of articles for a-n and other arts publications. She lectures at universities, galleries and organisations across the country including the RCA, ICA, Camden Arts Centre. University of the Arts and for Artquest. As an alumni of UK Young Artist’s, first exhibiting as an artist (2010), Davis has gone on to be an Ambassador, curatorial mentor and part of their selection panels for UKYA and the Robert Walters UK Young Artist of the Year Award.
Rosalind Davis portrait by David X Green
Artist & Writerhttps://terrygreeneart.com/
Terry Greene is a UK based artist who makes abstract paintings. Through his work he is engaged in an exploration of the duality of paint: as ‘structure’ (the historically located art medium of drawing/painting) and as ‘agency’ (in its natural unconfined fluid state). The support (surface) becomes the site for this discourse between structure and agency: where organising tendencies (conscious will), one of the competing forces, intertwines with an attempt to allow the natural qualities of the art medium: paint to be paint.
Since July 2017 he has been working almost exclusively on a series of small abstract collages. This body of work, utilising a basic geometric language, might be described as organising details into harmonies. Painting on both sides of cut paper or canvas, a process inviting elements of randomness, chance and accident, there is no way of completely predicting the outcome of each individual work. This lack of order or predictability and gradual decline into disorder, is a fundamental part of the process of bringing each collage to its final state. He believes that within this process is the means to create a purposeful exchange – one in which we are not entirely able to forget that there is randomness all around us.
Terry Greene has been showing with dalla Rosa since 2014, regularly shows around the UK and internationally, and has also co-curated painting exhibitions in London and Yorkshire. He authors the online Blog Just Another Painter.
Artist, Teacher & Writerhttps://makingamark.blogspot.com
Katherine Tyrrell is a very well-known art blogger in the UK. Her main aim is to help artists realise their potential and plug their “need to know” knowledge gaps. In 2006, she started writing Making A Mark her top art blog for artists and art lovers after she retired from a senior management role in government. She’s provided comprehensive coverage of major art competitions and the open exhibitions of national art societies for well over a decade.
As a result, she’s probably looked at more artwork and websites by “selected artists” than anybody else in the UK!
The information and advice provided in Making A Mark led to Katherine being commissioned to write a book about drawing and sketching; write articles for art magazines and deliver lectures and talks to artists and students via art schools, art groups and art societies. She’s also created the top botanical art website in the world.
Her Art Business Info for Artists website is much referenced by artists trying to fill the gaps in their need to know knowledge about matters relating the business side of art.
Affordable Art Fair UK Fair Directorhttps://www.affordableartfair.com
Elizabeth’s career spans the full range of the art market. Since relocating from America to complete her masters at Christie’s, she’s helped to run a gallery in Mayfair; launched the art, antiques and design fair Masterpiece London; set up her own art PR consultancy; piloted Frieze Masters; and, most recently, joined the Affordable Art Fair in 2019.