Below you can find the list of artists with the works selected for the Derwent Art Prize Exhibition.
This post follows on from my earlier posts:
- The Derwent Art Prize - a discussion (20 July 2012)
- NEW! The Derwent Art Prize - for pencil art (November 2012)
|Derwent Art Prize - a further selection of the images in the Website Gallery|
For some reason it was announced in any old order - neither alphabetical by first name, surname or title of the work. Which is great if you believe that the alphabet plays a part in selection and not so good if you're looking for the name of a particular artist!
I've reordered them into an alphabetical order - see below.
The link in the artist's name is to their website - if they have one. One of the reasons I've done this (this post has taken two days to write!) is because I think all those who are critical of the selection should maybe take a longer look at the artwork produced by the artists whose artwork has been selected.
There's always a question of taste when it comes to selection - but there's also a question of the extent to which people have dedicated their lives to being a contemporary artist and the extent to which this is recognised by people viewing the work.
The link in the title of the work is to the web page where you can see a large image of the pencil art selected by the judges. I've then given the art medium used - although I understand there was no scope to state if more than one pencil medium had been used
I'm also including references I can find to any other prizes they've been selected for and/or won - in part to illustrate to those who are questioning the selection that more than one set of judges has rated an artist's work.
Derwent Art Prize - Selected Works & Artists
- Gillian Adair McFarland - Impact (pencil Pressure) graphite You can see more of what she calls her puncture pictures on her website
- Chrys Allen Both works use an unusual way of presenting drawings which is not unfamiliar to those who view exhibitions for Drawing Prizes. Food for thought for those art societies who put on exhibitions in pencil media!
- Reginald Aloysius - Kul-mh004 Graphite
- Hazel Bowman - Blessed Is The Gift Of Laughter graphite
- Patrizia Beretta
- Nicolas Borderies - Etude Du Portrait De Floriane charcoal Self 2013,
- David Brammeld - Last 3 Remaining graphite
- Patricia Cain - Arena Drawing pastel Winner of the £25,000 Threadneedle Prize (2010) and numerous other awards
- Robert Chislett - Hound graphite
- Beverley Coleclough - Albany Sunset Oranges Pastels
- Liz Collini - Construction II (conditional Perfect)
- Zsolt Dudas - Borderline graphite Good to see somebody working in pencil and 3D!
- Chris Dunseath - Full Of Stars Drawing Graphite
- Ross Fulton - After
- Pippa Gatty Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012, Threadneedle Prize 2012, Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary 2011
- Ka Gray - Jpm Watersoluble Pencils
- Justin Harris I'm unclear as to why four works by this artist were selected. Size? Series? (This is a blog post about them)
- Adam Harvey (related website)
- Theatre 1 (The image in question is actually labelled Theatre 4 - so I'm not sure if the right image has been listed as per the list of selected artworks or whether the judges were confused!)
- Theatre 2
- Wendy J Helm - Eden Pastel
- Olivia Hicks - Grip Coloured Pencils
- Charlotte Hodes - Pillar pastel I'll be interested to see how big this is - on the face of it (and obviously I can't see it very well) it's not at all like artworks in pastel pencils that I've ever seen before.
- Ziga Hribersek - In Search Of Lost Time graphite This appears to be an image made up of several very small images
- Paul Hiles - London 2012 graphite You can see a bigger version on his website.
- Kieran Ingram - Gorget And Pauldron
- Shaun Michael Jones - Coast watersoluble pencils This is Shaun's art Blog
- Stephen Kavanagh Awarded the RSA John Kinross scholarship (2010)
- Don't Make Pretext About Kampuchea Krom In Order to Hide Your Jaw of Traitor graphite
- You Must Answer My Questions Without Wasting Time to Reflect graphite
- Set In Stone graphite
- Caroline Keating - Great British Comedian- Rowan Atkinson Graphite
- Marion Kuit - Celeriac Charcoal
- Sharon Leahy-Clark - Division Of Labour Watersoluble pencils Jerwood Drawing Prize 2008 & 2013, Sunday Times Watercolour prize 2013, 2013 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts
- Victoria Lockhead
All the fish are unique, the closer you look, like peering into an old school photo, you'll see that every fish that the fishmonger sells is quite different.
- Danny Lyon - Animal Skull Life Study Charcoal
- Tina Mammoser - Nab Edge Watersoluble pencils Sunday Times watercolour Exhibition 2007 This is her blog - Tina Mammoser Paintings
- Hilary McEldery - Visions Of Joanne Colouring Pencils
- Maria Mari Murga - Men At Your Feet charcoal A Spanish artist living and working in London. This is a study for a sculpture design titled "Men at your feet" has also been selected by Madrid City Council to be shown at the urban centre of the capital and across Spain in 2012. a salon finalist at the 2011 El Corte Inglés Painting Competition
- Penny McCarthy - Ulysses (final Page) graphite Course Leader Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University
- Chris Milton - Brassy graphite 2010 ING Discerning Eye Bursary
- Gabrielle Moore - Blue Bridge graphite
- Liana Moran - Industrial Graveyard: Arcade Machines Jerwood Drawing Prize 2010
- Lawrence Nash RWA - Ref 1209 Coloured Pencils Sponsored by Derwent Pencils
- Bernard Nao Kitama - There is a mismatch between the Parker Harris listing and the website. PH has one work called Fanfare for a Common Man and the website has two. I've queried which is correct. Fanfare For A Common Man (26th December 2011) and Fanfare for Common Man (23rd May 2013) - both graphite
- Allison Neal - String Bag Folded Graphite
- Yi Lin Juliana Ong - Landscapes & Places ( Series Of 6 ) http://www.derwent-artprize.com/capper
- Simon Parrish - Greens And Blues coloured pencils Jerwood Drawing Prize 2002, 2006, 2009, 2012
- Nendie Pinto-Duschinsky - Capper Graphite Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013
- Janie Pirie - The Majestic Savoy Coloured Pencils Runner up to Best in Show and
Jacksons Award for Best Botanical picture in the UKCPS 10th Annual Open International Exhibition 2011
- Lorna Pirrie - Isolation In Edinburgh graphite The Arts Club Excellence in Drawing Award 2010 This is her Facebook Page
- Jill Preston - Aj Pastel
- Kate Pritchard - [Great Brampton House: Only Time Will Tell Series] '3D Printing Machine 2013' graphite
- Ivana Prokopovic - Walk London Way Watersoluble pencils
- Marta Ravasi - Bambine Graphite
- Ana Rodrigues - Procambarus Clarkii Watersoluble pencils
- Serena Rowe - Carousel II Charcoal
- Annie Samuel - The Internal Dialogue Of Childhood Memory (related website)
- Suhyang Seo - Mirror coloured pencils
- Wendy-Jane Sheppard - Alisha graphite Wendy-Jane Sheppard is an award winning Australian artosy who is a Fellow and past president of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts
- Marielle Schram
- John Sims - Nature Morte VII. No More Messages From The Gods, Heron Coloured Pencils
- Kate Steenhauer - Dusk At The River Don II charcoal From a Scotland at dusk series a series of large-scale monochromatic impressions of an iconic landscape, via the Visual Artists Award, Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire 2012. This is a much larger image of the selected work
- Jon Stevens - Sunlight On Water Graphite
- Adam Stone - Noema 2 Graphite
- Lexi Strauss I want to see these - given this image on her axis site which is annotated as 250cm x 160cm Oil, acrylic, pencil which of course is bigger than the size constraint. Maybe the drawing is a study? I'm wondering how they can be Graphite. Or maybe they are Graphitint?
- Sara Sukhan - Ziad
- Paul Thomas - Parting Gifts (fish)
- Philippa Tunstill - Melee graphite (a lesson in how to have a website for contact purposes even if your site is still under construction!)
- Nicholas Vaughan - Jewish Buskers Graphite
- Sheila Vaughan - Thinker Charcoal This is Sheila's Real Art blog. Her Staylybridge Paintings blog is excellent (but now dormant) and was highlighted on this blog back in 2008
- Borislav Varadinov - Chain Of Memory Nests Graphite Comes from Bulgaria and works in Brussels.
- Lee Haya Vladislavsky These are the most obvious illustrations in the work selected
- Lee Wagstaff - Topkapi Graphite Not sure about the website for this one - artwork does not match
- Cerise Ward - Who Cares About Unlucky Numbers? This drawing is part of a fascinating project - click the artists name to find out more.
- Tony Wells - Maltkiln Lane Graphite. Previously selected for the Sunday Times Watercolour Painting (2004, 2005, 2006, 2009) and Lynn Painter Stainer Prize (2012)
- Kate Westbrook - First Snow On Dartmoor Charcoal Drawing is very clearly an intrinsic part of her process for producing a painting - which is good to see
- Anne Marie Whaley - Torch Parade Charcoal This is a good example of why the entries next time need to specify ALL the media used. What's producing the colour as it's clearly not charcoal!? See the image on her website
- Christopher Witchall - Vacant Shop Graphite I'd have preferred it if he'd submitted on of his forest drawings.
- Alan Woollett - Five Coots Coloured Pencils This is his Facebook Page
- James Wright - The Transfiguration Graphite Prizewinner, Jerwood Contemporary Painters 2008, Prizewinner, Jerwood Drawing Prize 2006
- Roy Wright - Regeneration 6
- Christine Wuenschal - Up-skirt Me 2 American artist
- Ryotaro Yamanaka - Noon charcoal
- Valentina Zlatarova - Crow can't find the image for this one......
For those wondering about the lack of coloured pencil artwork, apparently the majority of the work selected were graphite.
To be honest, I'll hold off from conclusions until I see the exhibition, but I'd be very surprised if all the artwork was produced using just PENCILS. I know the difference in mark-making between pencils and sticks........
The work entered must be created in pencil (including water-soluble, pastel, graphite, charcoal or colouring pencils)Conditions of Entry
Prizes and People's Choice Award - Voting
The prizes will be awarded at the Private View at Mall Galleries, London on 18 September 2013 and are as follows:
- First prize - £5,000
- Second Prize - £2,500
- Third Prize - £500
- People's Choice Award - £500
- UKCPS Award for Excellence - £250 (The UKCPS Award for Excellence also includes a year's membership to the society)
The exhibition is at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 from 16 - 21 September 2013. Admission is free.
Conclusions and a shortlist
Over the last two days I've had the opportunity to take a good look at the works - in terms of the image available - and sometimes in terms of images also available on websites. This has led me to:
- some conclusions about the artists
- some observations about the selected artwork
- a long shortlist for if I was awarding a prize
- some suggestions for the next competition - and I very much hope there will be one!
Two things struck me about the artists. I go through this process of identifying artists for a lot of competitions and exhibitions - and I haven't seen artwork by most of these artists before. Some I know but most I don't. Which is good because it means new artists are getting some exposure at a national level and in a good gallery.
The other thing which struck me is that while some displayed fine art drawing on their websites a lot did not. The difference was those who had a gallery just for their drawings. Just an observation.
My own conclusions about the selected artwork are as follows:
- the monochrome bias - whether graphite, coloured pencils or charcoal - is OTT.
- Do artists produce monochrome work because that's what they think "serious art" is all about? Or is it because graphite and charcoal are the only pencil media that most artists get to grips with? Maybe it's a bit of both?
- Do those working in colour not contemplate working in a more contemporary style - or just don't enter competitions?
- It's very pleasing to see such a wide range of styles in the work selected. There's nothing in the FAQs or Conditions of Entry to suggest what type of pencil art was appropriate for this competition - other than my friend Vivien Blackburn's mixed media image used to advertise the competition! Both of us are well aware that pencils can be used for a very wide range of mark-making processes - as is Derwent. I'm not sure that everybody who entered the competition was maybe aware of the scope of contemporary drawing using pencil media. They are now!
- It would be even better if all the pencil art was made in pencil and didn't infringe copyright. Pure speculation on my part but I'd be happy to identify to Derwent those artworks which I think might not wholly comply with the competition conditions.
- Coloured pencil artists need to stop duplicating photos. CP artists in particular need to recognise that top competitions - where the emphasis is on art - very often don't select work which duplicates a photograph, often because it isn't perceived as being an interesting or as innovative as other artwork. I'd very much recommend that CP artists visit the exhibition and also explore more contemporary mark-making processes in the next year.
- More pastel artists who regularly use pastel pencils need to submit work next year!(and yes I am looking at you Felicity House! :) )
- I don't think I've seen an exhibition where I've wholly agreed with the selection made by the judging panel. People like different things and hence choose different art. However it'll be interesting to see what proportion I feel merits selection at this level when I see it in person - and I very much look forward to the exhibition.
This is my long shortlist of top ten drawings I'd be selecting from if I was awarding a prize
- Gillian Adair McFarland - Impact (pencil Pressure) - a deceptively simple drawing of a shape with perennial "impact" but constructed using an unusual approach
- Chrys Allen Life Drawing Continued - I just love the continuous life drawing on both sides of a roll of paper. I'm left wondering whether they were actually done from life as I'd expect the roll to be rather more battered if it had gone to and from life studios to build up the quantity!
- Hazel Bowman - Blessed Is The Gift Of Laughter graphite I like artists who demonstrate how valuable a pencil is in observing what you see around you - particularly in relation to people. To my mind, this artist's website clearly persuades that this is an artist who knows how to observe and work from life - and even if it wasn't and referenced a photo I'd then like the fact that it doesn't look as if it did!
- Patricia Cain - Arena Drawing - I like Patricia's drawings and I've seen a lot of them. I'll have to wait to the exhibition to appreciate this one though..........
- Stephen Kavanagh You Must Answer My Questions Without Wasting Time to Reflect A drawing which makes you look and then look again and then reflect.
- Lawrence Nash RWA Ref 1209 Coloured Pencils
- Janie Pirie The Majestic Savoy Coloured Pencils Despite my suggestion below about all new work, this deserves to be in a shortlist - but then I have seen it twice before and it's an excellent botanical drawing using coloured pencils.
- Alan Woollett Five Coots - I've photographed and drawn a lot of naughty coots and this drawing absolutely captures all the coot behaviour that doesn't involve pecking their neighbours or other birds!
- Roy Wright Regeneration 6 Charcoal More because I really rate his drawings than because this one moves me - but his tree drawings are always wonderfully sensitive. I suspect this one would grown on me.
- Ryotaro Yamanaka Noon - I just keep coming back to this one. It arouses my curiosity
What would you include in your long shortlist? Leave a comment below.
Some suggestions for the future. I'm not writing in code - I tried and it didn't work so what follows is pretty direct!
- Be nice to artists! Limit selection by the judges to one artwork per artist. In an art competition which aims to promote pencil art I want to see as much diversity as possible - not just more of the same - particularly when 'more of the same' is simply NOT "outstanding". I'm sure I'm not the only person who'd support this proposition. Hence although artists can submit up to six the limit on the number exhibited should be limited to one. This also helps more artists to become gain exposure with art collectors and become better known by the public.
- Make it clearer to artists that all styles of contemporary artwork are eligible and the only constraint is it must be produced using pencils. This clarifies matters for those who duplicate photographs as well as those who lean towards very innovative forms of mark-making.
- Introduce mandatory conditions such that:
- all entries have NEVER been exhibited before. If you're going to have a major cash prize, a basic principle should be that are seeing NEW work never seen before in public. While I can think of some very good reasons why that might not be a good condition for the first year, I think this should be a requirement for all future years.
- no piece of art should have the same name as another piece of art(!) I know this sounds obvious but somehow the selectors managed to pick two artists where this was the case and IMO there have been quality control issues as a result. ALL file names should clearly identify the artwork. It's essential if quality control problems are to be avoided with respect to pieces with identical names.
- Make it easy for people to find an artist. I love the idea that the works were not presented to selectors in alphabetical order - so that the second half of the alphabet did not suffer from selection fatigue. However subsequent presentation of a record of selected artists needs to be alphabetical by title - and the list of selected artists should be on the website.
- Always include size when detailing a work on a website. That's because it matters! People need to know whether the image is of a very small or a very large work. A digital image of a large work reduced down often looks very much better than one of a smaller work.
- Increase the size of the artwork on screen - At the moment it's rather like trying to judge a drawing by standing on the other side of the Gallery. It's simply impossible to appreciate some of the drawings online - which is a very great pity and also does nothing to underpin the argument that these are 'outstanding'.
- the website needs better images - too many are substandard in terms of quality and definition which, coupled with the size issues, makes appreciating them that much more difficult
- either make it a condition of entry that image quality needs to be good
- and/or provide better advice to artists on how to create a digital image of a monochrome image so that the paper or image is not greyed out
- (see my post on how to bring white paper back to white - Correcting colour: How to stop your white paper looking grey and Correcting colour: another way to stop your white paper looking grey )
- Change the requirement to provide a telephone number in order to vote. This is neither explained nor an obvious requirement and deters people from registering to vote - like me!