A Conversation piece allows for a scene of two or more characters interacting, with each other and/or with the viewer.This new prize was announced on this blog last Autumn - see A new £15,000 prize for portrait painting (08 Oct 2014). I was lobbying hard for this new prize before it was announced and I'm really pleased to see that at last we have some quality portraits of more than one person in a painting! I was beginning to think the expertise was dying out!
You can see the artwork selected for the exhibition on the competition's webpage (keep scrolling down) and the exhibit will be hung in the Threadneedle Space at the Mall Galleries.
The artists selected and shortlisted for the Conversations Prize are listed below
|Shot by Ned by Peter Brown|
137cm x 107cm £14,000
Do read the narrative which accompanies this scene of family life.
Peter is one of a few artists I know who is a prolific painter of scenes of groups of people.
Some may be surprised that Pete didn't submit another of his Family Breakfast table paintings
- of which I have seen a few!
Then there's the family at play in the artist's studio genre....... ;)
- Peter Brown Hon RBA NEAC PS ROI RP
- Anthony Morris RP NEAC
- Melissa Scott-Miller RP NEAC
- John Wonnacott CBE Hon. RP (John painted one of the most famous conversation paintings of recent times - see The Royal Family, A Centenary Portrait)
- David Caldwell
- Mark Cazalet
- Belinda Crozier
- Emily Faludy
|At Edmund's House by Emma Faludy |
oil on canvas, 110 cm x 161 cm, £7,000
I think Emma has produced an impressive painting from a rather different perspective than most
- Delphine Hogarth
- Toby Hunt
- Ewan McClure (Blog + a Cass Art interview with this Sky Arts Portrait Artist 2013 runner up)
- Brian Morris
- Joe Ongie
|Ruth and Scampy by Joe Ongie|
oil, 91cm x 91cm £1,500
I did wonder whether anybody would include an animal
- and anybody who has ever known a cat know what good listeners they can be!
This just struck me a wonderfully authentic portrait.
The announcement as to who has won the prize will be made at the Private View on Wednesday and I'll be there and trying to get a photo of the winner with their painting!
You can see the artwork selected for the main exhibition on the exhibition microsite - scroll down to see all the images which are on 6 pages.
The Annual Exhibition opens to the public on Thursday 16th April and continues until Friday 1st May. The exhibition will occupy the Main Gallery, North Gallery & Threadneedle Space at the Mall Galleries. Admission is £3 (£2.50 concession and free to Friends of Mall Galleries, National Art Pass holders and under 18s)