“This is a current project I’ve been working on where I find psychoanalysis academic papers online and then I paint imagined scenes from what I read. This painting is based on ‘Eric’, a child who has undergone psychoanalysis for a few years. Each year he has four assessments with his parents and the therapist. I wanted to try and depict the tension between the family by placing them in the therapy room – a place that is becoming increasingly familiar, no longer stigmatised for treating mental health issues. Following on from my work ‘couples therapy’, in which I imagined and depicted my parents in a couples therapy scene. I draw inspiration from portrait artists such as Alice Neel, Chantal Joffe and early Lucian Freud, who all capture the internal psychology of the subjects they choose to paint, specifically in the eyes.”

Emerging Artist Award Winner

Zuzanna Pieczyńska

@zpi_art

“Each year in Poland approximately 20,000 people go missing. Intending to raise awareness of particular cases and overall problems, the project focused not only on the disappearances but also on trauma and difficult emotions accompanying the loved ones of a missing person. Through paintings, I studied the concept of liminal space, which is an ambiguous condition that occurs during the transition from one state to another. The experience of disappearance forms a specific space where thresholds between absence and presence, life and death, loss and mourning are blurred and undefined.”

'Christie/krysia', Zuzanna Pieczyńska, Oil on canvas, 90 x 120 cm

'Christie/krysia' , Zuzanna Pieczyńska, Oil on canvas, 90 x 120 cm

Scenes Of Everyday Life Category Award Winner

Robert Senior

@robertjasenior

“Some paintings are simply imagined, while others are recollections of actual events, others still a mixture of both. A vivid and significant early childhood memory was of feeling the wind forcing its way up between the black stained sitting-room floorboards and seeing it lift and ripple the carpet square in front of the fireplace.”

'Train Station', Robert Senior, Oil on canvas, 48 x 63 cm

'Train Station', Robert Senior, Oil on canvas, 48 x 63 cm

Landscape/Cityscape/Seascape Category Award Winner

Robbie Bushe

robbiebushe.com

“I love to reimagine places and tell visual stories. I invent narrative scenarios and characters within a cinematic context, involving myself with fake or reimagined mythology often borrowed from and celebrating the tropes found in late 20th-century science fiction film and tv.”

'Learney Incantation (Tornaveen)', Robbie Bushe, Oil on canvas, 135 x 145 cm

'Learney Incantation (Tornaveen)', Robbie Bushe, Oil on canvas, 135 x 145 cm

Still Life/Botanical Category Award Winner

Aidan Crotty

@_aidancrotty_

“My painting practice focuses primarily on observed accounts of overlooked spaces and the wider environment around me. I consistently encircle the subject of decomposition within the landscape.”

'Pine Marten', Aidan Crotty, Oil on panel, 40 x 50 cm

'Pine Marten', Aiden Crotty, Oil on panel, 40 x 50 cm

Abstract/Non-representational Category Award Winner

Haeeun Lee

@haeeun25

“I have been interested in the dynamic expression methods of classical music and baroque, and recently I have been working on the predetermination or delimiting of a certain flow based on one’s own pure decision. When I hear music, certain scenes and stories come to mind, and these are all human emotions that cannot be expressed in words. Sometimes sad, happy, and painful emotions become the subject of painting.”

'Chopin - Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2', Haeeun Lee, Oil on linen, 130.5 x 126 cm

'Chopin - Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2', Haeeun Lee, Oil On Linen, 130.5 x 126 cm

Animal Category Award Winner

Julie Karpodini

juliekarpodini.com

“My work starts from a need to create a puzzle and then to find its solution. I often feel that all I do is spend my time trying to find a form that does not offend the natural abstract qualities that begin a painting. A successful painting for me is one from which the form emerges without embarrassing the beauty that came before.”

'Elvira's Dogs', Julie Karpodini, Oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm

'Elvira's Dogs', Julie Karpodini, Oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm

'Thinking', Ki Yoong, Oil on board, 29 x 21 cm

'Thinking', Ki Yoong, Oil on board, 29 x 21 cm

Portrait/Figure Category Award Winner

Ki Yoong

kiyoong.com

'Thinking', Ki Yoong, Oil on board, 29 x 21 cm

'Thinking', Ki Yoong, Oil on board, 29 x 21 cm

“My paintings explore people; how we view ourselves and relate to others in terms of our difference and similarity, unity and division. There are an infinite number of people in this world, all wanting different things, all constructing their own sense of identity, it’s this uniqueness and difference that I want to celebrate”

'Raining', Junwei Dai, Watercolour on paper, 100 x 70 cm

'Raining', Junwei Dai, Watercolour on paper, 100 x 70 cm

Outstanding Watercolour Award Winner

Junwei Dai

@dai.junwei_watercolor

'Raining', Junwei Dai, Watercolour on paper, 100 x 70 cm

'Raining', Junwei Dai, Watercolour on paper, 100 x 70 cm

“Raining is my reflection of China’s urbanisation process. It is the carrier of my nostalgic mood of the old Jiangnan city texture. The zig-zagging alleys have disappeared and given way to modern urbanisation.”

'My Red Hair Grandmother', Idrak Amirli, Oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm

'My Red Hair Grandmother', Idrak Amirli, Oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm

People’s Choice Award Winner

Idrak Amirli

@_idi_art_

'My Red Hair Grandmother', Idrak Amirli, Oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm

'My Red Hair Grandmother', Idrak Amirli, Oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm

“In my works, which are distinguished by classical technique, I constantly strive to create something beautiful and new. The oil painting technique consists of slowly layering, layer by layer, different colours to create classic works. Each work of art is an open experiment, during which nuances are discovered by mixing colours”

Amateur Artist Award Winner

Angelo Murphy

angelomurphy.com

“I paint the everyday mundane objects around me. As an artist the challenge with such a statement is to create a rendering of the familiar in a way that might inspire the viewer to consider objects or items, transformed through painting, as unusual or changed. I strive to distil and focus a moment in time, imbued with the illusion of a small drama taking place within the confines of a composition. I hope to achieve this with colour, tone and a new interpretation and appreciation of the Chiaroscuro found in the works of the Baroque painters of the 17th century. For me, it is important to find a contemporary approach to communicate darkness and shadow as well as light and colour”

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'Citrus Fruit With Blue Paper', Angelo Murphy, Oil on canvas, 36 x 41 cm

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