|Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2015 - paintings by prizewinners|
see my prizewinners post for details
This year's exhibition has an additional feature at the entrance level to mark the 10th anniversary of this Prize. There's a mini-exhibit within the exhibition of paintings by all of the previous winners of the Prize.
|Paintings by the winners of first 10 years of the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize|
So - what did I think of the paintings selected and the exhibition as a whole?
Well, this is always one of my favourite exhibitions to visit because of its emphasis on draughtsmanship and representational art.
- It always offers a great range in styles and approaches to these two criteria for the work selected.
- It's an exhibition which includes drawings as well as paintings and the contrast between monochrome and colour is also very pleasing.
- Plus the standard of artwork included is high
- even if it inevitably has the odd work where you really do wonder what the judges were about!
|The end wall in the gallery|
|Artwork I liked|
top left: Beech tree by Patricia Cain | Pastel,148x111cm £6,500
Bottom left: Homs City, Syria by Chris Shaw Hughes, Carbon drawing,42x30cm £1,800
Bottom right: Olivia Kemp, The plot ripens | Pen,84x70cm £2,000
Just around the corner wwere these two paintings which deserved a feature spot. You can see much larger versions of these two paintings on John Cahill's website. He uses amazing control over colour and brushwork to produce these paintings which are essentially an exercise in pointillism
|Sunlight on the morning frost Acrylic and gouache,93x100cm £4,600|
Pablo watching the doves Oil on paper,93x100cm £4,600
by John Cahill
Left: Isolation (London light) by Daniel Preece | Oil on canvas, 100x120cm £5,400
Top right: Hanseatic Walk by David Piddock | Oil on board, 60x117cm £7,500
Bottom right: West End cafe bar by Gethin Evans | Oil on panel, 51x102cm £3,500
|These artworks looked good together|
(top row) Toby Ward, James Lloyd, Katie Sollohub
(bottom row) Stephen Parkinson, Rachael Gibson and Alex Hanna
|Jane Gardiner and her teacakes |
below Ilaria Rosselli del Turcos's rather wonderful boxes
For example, I liked the image top right (above) - however I'd have liked it an awful lot more if somebody had cleaned up the image and removed all the dirty fingermarks. They might be contemporaneous but IMO they're not clever. It's perfectly possible to clean up an image without removing the spontaneity in other areas. The thing is I found my eye just kept being drawn by the dirty marks - and that's not supposed to happen.
Has anybody noticed how many nests have been drawn in the last year? I've nothing against them and admire those who have a go - but I do think it's time to move on to a new motif which represents a drawing challenge;
For those who don't know her - but like her work - on the right is Glaswegian artist Jane Gardiner whose Teacakes were on the small works wall underneath the rather lovely boxes painted by Ilaria Rosselli del Turco.
In my previous post I referenced the fact that one my ex-tutors won one of the runner-up prizes.
|James Lloyd and his small white deer|
One final note. I didn't like the the catalogue this year for two reasons.
- colour reproduction seemed to be rather muted. Some of the pages looked 'greyed down' which was a big pity as the exhibition contained some paintings with exciting colour
- also I don't like seeing the pictures being listed in the alphabetical order of their artist's surnames. That's a purely administrative device and the image simply don't suit being listed in this way. It's really disappointing when you see a great large painting rendered very small in a catalogue. I'd like to see the exhibition go back to having a catalogue where the works are grouped in a way which produces a pleasing page. The organisers can always add on a number to the entry to indicate which page the image is published on.
Links to previous posts about the Lynn Painter Stainer Prize and Exhibition
- Lynn Painter-Stainers 2015 - Prizewinners
- Lynn Painter-Stainer Prize 2015: Selected Artists & Events
- £15,000 Lynn Painter Stainers Prize 2015 - Call for Entries
- Review and video of the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition 2014
- Catherine Davison wins £15,000 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2014
- £15,000 Lynn Painter-Stainer Prize 2014 - deadline approaches
- Lynn Painter Stainer Exhibition 2013: Review
- Lynn Painter Stainers Prize 2013 - Selected Artists
- Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2013: Call For Entries (13 Oct 2012) Overview of Call for Entries for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2013 for representational painting.
- Review: Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2012 Exhibition (01 Apr 2012) - review of the 2012 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition yesterday at the Mall Galleries
- Antony Williams wins Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2012
- Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2012 - Selected artists & artwork
- Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2012: Call For Entries
- Rachel Levitas wins Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2010 16 November 2010
- 65 Artists selected for Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2010 28th Oct 2010
- Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2010 - Call for Entries 03 Aug 2010
- Exhibition review: Toby Wiggins wins Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize17 Nov 2009
- Shortlist for Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2009 04 Nov 2009
- 82 works selected for Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 16 Oct 2009