Every time the Threadneedle exhibition is held I always do a post devoted to the pictures I would have chosen as my shortlist for "The Columbia Threadneedle Prize: Figurative Art Today" a.k.a. (at least by me) as 'the Threadneedle Prize". In effect they contain the picture I'm voting for as my personal favourite.
These are they.
|Barry McGlashan with his painting|
What Remains (After Hogarth)
Oil on panel, 76 x 102 cm, SOLD
It's not helped at all by the digital image online or in the catalogue - it's nowhere near as dark as the image suggests it is. I'm left wondering if that might not have helped when it came to the selection of the shortlist.
This is a painting of 'what happened next'.
Barry McGlashan paints a lot of paintings about painters. Some times they feature in the paintings and sometimes they don't. However they will appeal to those who like to know about how artists worked - and definitely appeal to those who "collect" places artists have painted (like me!)
This one relates to an image called A Modern Midnight Conversation created by William Hogarth which has been reworked a number of times in terms of paintings by other artists "after Hogarth" (note the double entendre pun in the title) and by those engraving the image.
Below is the version in the Yale Center of British Art and is the one most like the painting produced by Barry. Here's another in the Royal Collection. Plus an erudite article by Andrew Graham Dixon on the topic of this painting.
|A Midnight Modern Conversation by an Unknown artist after William Hogarth, 1697–1764, British|
formerly William Hogarth, 1697–1764, British
Oil on canvas, 30 x 64 1/2 inches (76.2 x 163.8 cm)
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
For me it does three things.
- It's a neat connection with the past and one of the masters of British art. In the same way that Henriette Simson made the connection with Ambrogio Lorenzetti in her painting when she won the prize in 2011.
- It's a pun on the history of the "the conversation piece" in British art...
- Plus it's a narrative painting with subtext which makes it accessible both to those who take it at face value and those who enjoy their art history. I have bemoaned the fact that we have far too many artists have lost sight of the value of the narrative painting.
All in all a clever piece of art!
Barry McGlashan describes his work as a commentary on the social history of painting and a homage to other artists. That's my kind of art! He will be having an exhibition of his work at the John Martin Gallery, Mayfair - during Autumn 2016. I'm hoping to get an invite to the PV!
Other works that I liked very much are below.
|Only The Curious Have Something To Find by Gillian Ellis|
Biro on paper, 209.5 x 139 cm, £2,500
I didn't get to meet her but I'd love to know the story behind this very unique piece of art.
Gillian is currently taking a Masters in Fine Art/ Printmaking at Cambridge School of Art. She already has a First Class Honors Degree in Textile Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London.
I predict good things for Gillian. If this is what she produces with a biro I'd love to see her fine art prints! However first she needs to get herself sorted with a proper independent website in her own name to display and market her artwork!
|a closer look at Only The Curious Have Something To Find by Gillian Ellis|
|Stuart and Ukelele by Penelope Smith|
Oil, 60 x 50 cm, £3,000
I liked it as it's an exceptionally good portrait of him!
I had a feeling this must have been done by somebody close to him and had a chat with Stuart at the PV. It turns out I was right - the painting is by his mother! For some reason she is listed as Penelope Smith in the catalogue although I understand her real name is Penelope Wright.
Penelope only started painting in 2008 - the same year as this competition started!
Without any formal training, Penelope began painting in 2008. She works principally in oils, but also loves drawing. Her subjects are the familiar places and objects of everyday life as well as friends and family.
Next another chap with a musical instrument.
|‘Chère Capucine 1915-2015′|
Oil on Masonite, 68cm x 75cm
Copyright Tom Clayton
This is the one I liked the best.
These include a couple of works which in some ways are a lot simpler than others in the exhibition but which have merit nonetheless.
The first appears to be a sketchbook pulled apart - and an awful lot of small drawings of people. I liked the pun on art competitions suggested by the title.
|The Yes & The No Pile by Rebecca Harper,|
Graphite on paper, 240 x 140 cm, £5,000
|Study of her Hand by Helen Lloyd-Elliott|
Oil on canvas, 26 x 30 cm, £1,200
ExhibitionThe Columbia Threadneedle Prize Exhibition is at the Mall Galleries until until 1pm on Saturday 20th February.
The £10,000 Visitors' Choice Award is now being voted on by those visiting the exhibition.
Do let me know by leaving a comment below:
- what you think about my choice
- how you choose art that you like in an exhibition
- which painting you have/are voting for in the Visitors' Choice Award
More about the Threadneedle Prize 2016
- The Columbia Threadneedle Prize - Call for Entries (July 2015) - The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016: Overview of the Call For Entries and the changes since the last time this competition was run in 2014.
- Selected Artists - The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016 (Nov 2015) - Overview of the artists selected for The ColumbiaThreadneedle Prize 2016 - including images and links to artists' websites.
- The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016: Shortlisted Artists (Dec. 2015) - Images of the shortlisted paintings for the ThreadneedlePrize 2016 and profiles of their artists.
- Lewis Hazelwood-Horner wins £20000 Threadneedle Prize 2016 (February 2016) - Introducing the winner of the £20000 2016 Columbia ThreadneedleAward for contemporary figurative and representational art
Threadneedle Prize Archive
Threadneedle Prize 2014
- Review: Threadneedle Prize Exhibition 2014 - Review of the Threadneedle Prize exhibition - with images of selected works and commentary.
- Tina Jenkins wins Threadneedle Prize 2014 - announcement of the winner plus pictures from the Awards Dinner
- Threadneedle Prize 2014 - The Shortlist - A review of the artwork and artists shortlisted for the Threadneedle Prize 2014.
- The Threadneedle Prize 2014 - what's changed and how to enter - Review of the changes in the 2014 Threadneedle Prize and the Call for Entries.
Threadneedle Prize 2013
- Clare McCormack and Lisa Wright win Threadneedle Prize 2013
- Threadneedle Prize 2013 Exhibition - Review
- Threadneedle Prize 2013 - Shortlist announced - a review of the artists and their works shortlisted for the Threadneedle Prize
- One month left to enter £30000 Threadneedle Prize - Overview of the Call for Entries for the £30000 Threadneedle Prize (2013) for Figurative and Representational Art - deadline 4 July 2013.
- Threadneedle Prize 2013 - Selected Artists - List of the artists (+ websites) selected to show their paintings and sculpture in the Threadneedle Prize 2013 Exhibition at the Mall Galleries.
Threadneedle Prize 2012
- Call for Entries for £30000 Threadneedle Prize 2012 - Making a Mark - Overview of the Call for Entries for the £30000 Threadneedle Prize for Figurative and Representational Art - deadline 23 May 2012.
- Threadneedle Prize 2012: Analysis of entries - Threadneedle Prize 2012: An analysis of the art competition entries and artwork and artists selected and comparison to 2011.
- Threadneedle Prize 2012: names of selected artists - List of selected artists for the Threaneedle Prize Exhibition 2012 - plus links to their websites.
- Threadneedle Prize 2012 - Exhibition now Online - how to access the Online Exhibition of the Threadneedle Prize 2012.
- Threadneedle Prize 2012 - Shortlisted Artists - The winners of both The Threadneedle Prize (£30,000) and Visitors' Choice Prize (£10,000) will be announced at a special Awards Dinner on Wednesday 10 October 2012 - to which I'm invited.
- Review: Threadneedle Prize Exhibition 2012 - Review of the Threadneedle Prize for Painting and Sculpture 2012 Exhibition at the Mall Galleries.
- Threadneedle Prize 2012: The Making a Mark Select Six - An alternative shortlist for the Threadneedle Prize 2012.
- Threadneedle Prize 2012 - the Award Winners - Ben Greener wins Threadneedle Prize 2012. Robert Truscott wins People's Choice Award 2012.
2011 Threadneedle Prize
- Threadneedle Prize 2011 - a new selection process
- Shortlist for Threadneedle Prize 2011 dominated ...
- Threadneedle Prize: The Making a Mark Select ...
- Review: Threadneedle Prize Exhibition 2011
- Henriette Simson wins Threadneedle Prize 2011
2010 Threadneedle Prize
- Patricia Cain wins £25,000 Threadneedle Prize 2010
- Threadneedle - just another art prize in 2010? 22 Apr 2010
- Threadneedle Prize: selected artists 28 Jun 2010
- Shortlist for £25000 Threadneedle Prize 2010 announced 26 Jul 2010
- Threadneedle Prize 2010 Exhibition opens today 02 Sep 2010
- My Threadneedle Prize shortlist 15 September 2010