|Winner of the £10,000 Ondaatje Prize and Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters|
Rt. Hon Margaret Beckett MP by Antony Williams RP PS NEAC
egg tempera, 137 x 111cm (54 x 43 inches)
© Antony Williams
Today, at the 121st Annual Exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Antony Williams's marvellous egg tempera painting of Margaret Beckett won the £10,000 Ondaatje Prize and another gold medal - for the most distinguished portrait in the exhibition.
Just over a month ago I wrote Antony Williams wins Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2012 on this blog. That won a £15,000 prize and a gold medal.
So I declare Antony Williams an Olympian painter in this Olympics year - two gold medals under his belt in just over a month is some feat in the painting world. I'm sure the £25,000 ($40,000+) will also come in handy!
|Rt. Hon Margaret Beckett MP (crop)|
by Antony Williams RP PS NEAC
© Antony Williams
For those not familiar with egg tempera this painting is created from a huge number of individual brush marks which are all individually delineated in the painting. You can see precisely how it builds up to the whole.
I was able to have a brief interview with Antony and asked him about his recent successes, his approach to painting and whether he had any tips for success for those portrait painters who are starting out.
Tips for aspiring portrait painters
Antony works in egg tempera in natural light. He buys his pigments from L Cornelissen & Son and then mixes it with egg yolk to create his egg tempera paint.
In terms of tips for aspiring portrait painters
- Antony finds that working on about 4-5 paintings at any one time suits him best. Each gets about a day a week. That way he remains engaged with the work and doesn't get bored. Sometimes he has to work to a deadline and then it can get quite bit intense as he works more on just one painting - as he had to do with the portrait of Margaret Beckett.
- He recommends checking out who is on this year's panel of judges of an art competition this year and whether they seem likely to be sympathetic to your work
- It's not his practice to paint for a competition although he knows some artists do. He enters whatever is available at the time - and then it's down to the selectors. Interestingly he regards his recent win of the Lynn Painter Stainer Prize as entirely accidental! He only entered because one of his models was entering.
- Perseverance as a quality and and intense observation as a skill are both attributes that portrait painters need to develop. Portrait painting is hard work and you need to keep going!
The exhibition runs until 18th May at the Mall Galleries just off Trafalgar Square.
The winners of other prizes at the exhibition are detailed below.
The Changing Faces Prize
The new Changing Faces Prize is awarded to the artist whose portrait best conveys the energy of their subject, the directness of their gaze and an attitude that exudes openness and confidence. The Prize is a £2,000 commission for the collection which aims to show the public that a person’s distinctive scar colourful mark or unusual feature is just one part of their overall picture.
|Winner of The Changing Faces Prize 2012|
Dr Archie Brain by Mark Roscoe (commission)
oil, 82 x 102cm (32 x 40inches)
© Mark Roscoe
The Award for 2012 was won by Anthony Connolly. Untitled is an etching in an edition of 25.
|Winner of The Prince of Wales's Award for Portrait Drawing|
Untitled by Anthony Connolly
edition of 25
50 x 40cm 20 x 16 inches
The de Laszlo Foundation award, sponsored by the de Laszlo Foundation, aims to encourage young artists. It is worth £3,000 and is awarded, together with a silver medal, to an artist under thirty five years old judged to have submitted the best portrait.
|The Winner of De Laszlo Prize for Outstanding Portraiture |
DS by David Sargerson
oil, 100 x 80cm (39 x 31 inches)
© David Sargerson
Links to previous posts about prizewinners
- 2011: Review: Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2011 (Part 1)
- 2010: Review: Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2010 - Robin-Lee Hall RP won the Ondaatje Prize
- 2009: Exhibition review: Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2009 Ondaatje Prize won by by Anastasia Pollard
- 2008: James Lloyd wins The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture
- 2007: Portrait completed in 2 hours wins Ondaatje Prize and The Ondaatje Portraiture Prize is re-awarded - to Tom Coates
Note: I have two sites for those interested in portraiture and painting in Egg Tempera - listed below