Friday, November 27, 2015

Selected Artists - The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016

The names of the artists and artwork selected for The Columbia Threadneedle Prize have been announced. You can find them below - along with some of the images of the artwork

The last Threadneedle Prize awards Dinner - in the middle of the exhibition
at the Mall Galleries
You will recall I posted the The Columbia Threadneedle Prize - Call for Entries back in July. This week those who entered the competition got to find out who has been selected for the exhibition from 3 to 20 February 2016 at the Mall Galleries in London.

There's also going to be a second exhibition of many of the works at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence (the city’s largest temporary exhibition space), for a special four-week exhibition opening in June 2016.

I know some of the artists selected below - and I've been drawn by one of them!

If you've been selected and would like an image of your artwork featured in this blog post please get in contact (how to contact me details are in the side column)

Two Works

  • Maria Bowers - studied graphic design at Bath College of Higher Education (1991) completed a MA in Multidisciplinary Printmaking at UWE, Bristol; regular exhibitor at Royal West of England Academy
    • Justice (photo etching)
    • Lily (photo etching)
  • Lewis Chamberlain b.1966 Studied at Slade; won First Prize Discerning Eye 2001
    • Play Horse
    • To Mark An Occasion
Lewis is celebrated for his hyper-realistic pencil drawings which can take as much as four years to complete
  • Tomas Clayton b.1957 - portrait painter in oils and freelance graphic designer and illustrator. I've seen his work before and was very impressed by it and featured it in this blog post about the 2012 annual exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters
    • Apres La Guerre  - see below
    • Chere Capucine - see below
Apres la guerre 1915-2015
Oil on Masonite, 50cm x 53cm
Copyright Tom Clayton
‘Chère Capucine 1915-2015′
Oil on Masonite, 68cm x 75cm
Copyright Tom Clayton
  • Stephen Read Lives and works in England. Exhibited in Threadneedle Prize in 2009
    • Hut 21
    • Too Much Intelligence
Hut 21
oil on board, 95 x 120 cmcopyright Stephen Read
Too Much Intelligence
oil on board, 95 x 120 cm
copyright Stephen Read

One Work


What is Planted
chacoal and sanguine, 180 x 90cm
copyright Thomas Allen
  • Claire Anscomb - Noel Carroll - Works in graphite. Selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2013 and the Threadbeedle Prize in 2014
  • Edward Anthony - Ron Arad
  • Yuki Aruga - Severance (see below) - b.1985 in London and lives and works in London.
Severance (2015)
Oil on linen, 100 x 100 cm
copyright Yuki Aruga
  • Paul Ashurst - The Cop.Op Rothko  - it's very odd. I can't see a single image on his website.

  • Sarah Ball - Immigrant III  - b. 1965 in Yorkshire; now lives near penzance in Cornwall. recently selected for the ING Discerning Eye 2015
  • Nicola Bealing - Trannack Misfits - won The First Impressions Prize at Threadneedle Prize 2013
  • Oliver Bedeman - Tom Bedeman - a figurative painter living and working in London, whose work focuses on imagined and often dream-like portraiture. His selected painting is Reverse Oil on Glass.
Tom Bedeman
Reverse Oil on Glass, 95 x 65cm
Copyright Oliver Bedeman
  • Dorcas Casey - Ram Head - graduated in 2011 with a first class BA Hons in Sculpture from Winchester School of Art. In In 2013 she won a Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award and the Public Speaks Award in the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize (and needs to update her website!)
  • Peter Clossick - Summer Solstice - Member of NEAC; Past President of the London Group (linked website)
  • Charlotte Cory - The Ancestral Teapot - London based writer and artist best known for her Visitoriana - a complete, fantastical, "wholly believable" alternative 19th Century.
  • Saied Dai - Mirror - b. 1958. describes himself as an "abstract figurative" painter. Member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Represented by Messums
  • Helene Delmaire - Untitled - selected for Threadneedle Prize 2013
  • Thomas Doran - Borehamwood Invaded - Selected for Threadneedle Prize 2012
  • John Doubleday - Between Waking and Sleeping - b. 1947; studied sculpture at Goldsmiths College; lives and works and raises Saddleback pigs in Great Totham in Essex

  • Christine Gallagher - Flown - Professional Artist and Art Tutor living and working in Milton Keynes.
  • Fran Giffard - A Gift From Paradise - has recently been developing an enormous collection of bird drawings
  • Tim Goffe - Abandoned Caravan - paints full time based at The Wimbledon Art Studios
  • Carla Groppi - After Atget (95) Untitled (Nude Man) - produces large scale drawings in charcoal or pastel inspired by the French photographer Eugène Atget.
  • Craig Jefferson - Several Chairs and No People Except You - Scottish artist based in Northern Ireland.
  • Michael Johnson - Owl Consuming Its Sibling - Michael Johnson is a painter who has exhibited in the past with the Threadneedle Prize, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Discerning Eye, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and many other group and solo shows
Owl being consumed by its sibling
copyright Michael Johnson


  • Sophie Levi - Lauderdale - an interview with Sophie Levi on Cass Art blog. Sophie Levi has exhibited at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Discerning Eye, The BP Portrait Award, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Hunting Art Prize, and The Lynn Painter-Stainers' Prize
  • Zi Ling - Tea -  b. 1985, HuangShan, China - a visual artist currently based in Beijing and London who exhibited in the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition in 2015
  • Helen Lloyd-Eilliott - Study of her Hand - Lives in Dorset. Recent London shows include The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Ruth Borchard Self-portrait Prize and The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2015. She has also had two sell-out shows in Dorset.
  • Juliette Losq - Wandle - Lives and works in London. She won the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2005
“Each painting is a mini psychological drama, often absurd, sometimes surreal and invariably humorous. I hope that my paintings may both unsettle and amuse the viewer.” Sally Moore 2014
What remains (After Hogarth)
oil on panel, 30” x 40”
copyright Barry McGlashan

  • J Carlos Naranjo - El Mameluco (After the Battle) - Spanish artist living and working in London. Shortlisted for the Griffin Art Prize 2015
  • Sylwia Narbutt - Power, 1 - b.1978 in Warsaw. Poland. Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Since 2006 lives and works in London.
  • Barbara Nati - Don't Forget Your History Nor Your Destiny 
  • Andy Neil - Westland Skelly 
  • Shanti Panchal - Battersea - He works with watercolour in a way quite unlike any other artist. He moved from India to work in Britain in 1978. His palette relate to his early years spent in a village in Gujurat, western India.
  • Howard Read - The Lost Estate - a senior lecturer in Visual Communication at the University of Wolverhampton and also an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. He teaches Reportage illustration at the University of Arts, London
  • Paul Regan - Tudor Park - he paints mysterious, atmospheric night scenes of the North London suburbs where he lives.
  • Sara Rossberg - Profiling - Her work is entirely figurative, ranging from group compositions, single figures and closely focused heads and faces. I've seen her work before and it's very unusual and very impressive (see below)
Profiling by Sara Rossberg
170 cm x 170cm , thick, textured acrylic mediums of various kinds plus colour pigment.
copyright Sara Rossberg

  • Margaret Sellars - Fiat Factory Now - trained at Wallasey, Birmingham and Goldsmith’s College, London. She is a member of the Printmakers Council, Richmond Printmakers and Artichoke Printworkshop.
  • Mit Senoj - Pensive  
  • Sarah Seymour - Light at the Edge of the Storm 
  • John Sims - Playing with Rubens III  
  • Laura Smith - Shells 
  • Penelope Smith - Stuart and Ukelele 
  • Vincent Spain - Journey North 
  • Elliot Steele - Amanda - Image maker and printmaker based in Bristol
  • Nikki Stevens - Phoenix Rising - a full time London based artist, specialising in watercolour. She often paints animals
  • Susan Stoppani - Powerdog
  • Roger Woodiwiss - Seaside - lives and works in Bedford.
  • Roy Wright - The Leaves Cling and Grow Paler - creates large scale charcoal drawings
  • Holly Zandbergen - The River Child - Originally from New Zealand, Holly graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Dunedin School of Art. In 2014, she moved to London

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