This is a prestigious prize for original, two-dimensional works in any painting or drawing media. The prize has two aims:
- to encourage the very best creative representational painting and
- to promote the skill of draughtsmanship
|Winner of the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize|
The Cowgate by Henry Kondracki
oil on canvas, 89 x 114cm
Kondracki provided this comment on the painting
"A well worn part of Edinburgh, the Cowgate’s history goes back a long way … My memory is part of the story of the city, but only a small part. I am aware of all the people who have walked these same snowy streets, leaving tracks that record their journeys, rather like drawing – a moment in time frozen.”Henry Kondracki studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art, London and the Slade School of Fine Art, London (1982–1986) and his work has been widely exhibited in the UK and overseas. In terms of prizes he has been awarded:
- The Scottish Arts Council Award (1978);
- The Slade Prize in Fine Art (1985 and 1986);
- Cheltenham Drawing Prize (1999) and
- 1st place in The Hunting Art Prize (2004)
The Young Artist Award (£2,500)
This was awarded to Bernadette Timko for her oil painting Studio 7.
This was by far my favourite painting of the show. I predict a very bright future for Ms Timko - I just wish she'd get a website organised so she can start to make the most of the opportunities which come her way.
|Winner of the Young Artist Prize (£1,500)|
Studio 7 by Bernadette Timko
Oil on linen, 152 x 150cm
Personally I think she is already a very mature painter and would have been a very worthy winner of the top prize.
ExhibitionThis exhibition will be on display as follows:
- until 13 March 2016 (10am to 5pm every day) at The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5DB Dates: 7 – 13 March 2016 Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm
- for the first time it will also tour to the Guildford House Gallery 155 High Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3AJ Dates: 25 June – 17 July 2016 Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am – 4.45pm. Sundays: 11am – 4pm Admission: Free
Most of the works are for sale. You can also view the exhibition via the online gallery.
This year for the first time, the exhibition is only running for a week - due to the building works during January.
You can see it this week in the Main and Threadneedle Galleries at the Mall Galleries.
Frankly I much prefer this bigger exhibition. I think it lends the exhibition more weight and gravitas. If the choice for me were to be more time and fewer works compared to less time for the exhibition and more works, I'd personally go for the first option every time.
Next some views of the exhibition and then details of the other prizewinners.
I've also taken a short video which I hope to process and include here and on my Facebook Page in the next day or so.
Views of the exhibition
My own view of the exhibition is that the proportion of larger paintings which were very good was higher than for smaller paintings. As I find with any exhibition, there were paintings where I struggled to find a reason for their inclusion. In particular with this art competition I'm not sure all the selectred works adequately met the aims and criteria for this competition i.e. to promote
the very best creative representational painting and promote the skill of draftsmanshipThat said there were very few "photorealistic" works and much more looser and more painterly paintings. (see Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2016: Call for Entries)
The exhibition also included an iPad generated digital painting/print. I do wonder if the judges noticed it was a digital print. It's a very good one - I doubt if many people would realise it's not a conventional painting!
|Desmond’s Wiveton Hall Honeycomb by Char Faber|
iPad monprint, 70 x 80cm
|a view of the exhibition in the Threadneedle Gallery - for the first time|
|a stretch of the exhibition which repaid a linger|
|some very bright paintings on the end wall. Hung together they avoided swamping other works.|
|More works in the Threadneedle Gallery|
|Don't miss a very nice wall of works in the space next to the cafe|
Brian Botting, Master of the Painter-Stainers Company from 2003-4 bequeathed a £5,000 annual prize to be awarded to an artist aged 30 or under for "an outstanding representation of the human figure". The organisers wondered whether this prize generated the HUGE increase in applications this year from younger art students.
The £5,000 Brian Botting PrizeThis was awarded to London artist Charlie Schaffer of the human figure in his painting Madonna. I have to say I'm not a fan of the painting - but that's maybe because it reminded me very much of a Barbie Doll (see right below) - which seemed to directly contradict the purpose of the prize!
I can only surmise that there wasn't a lot of competition from artists under 30. For the record I much preferred the paintings of figures by Lantian D., Tom Dewhurst and Radoslav Topalov - although whether they qualified for the prize is another matter.
I do hope Bernadette Timko will enter a painting of the human figure next year.
Runner Up Prizes
Five Runner-up prizes of £1,500 each were awarded to the following
|Left to right|
Runner Up: Neale Worley for Model
Rinner up: Peter Clossick for Garden;
Brian Botting Prize: Charlie Schaeffer for Madonna
|Hoxton Square Daytime by Benjamin Andreas|
Oil on board, 118 x 118cm
I found this painting a little odd. It has been painted on sets of boards which have then been fixed together. I wondered if this was because it was painted plein air. There again, why would anybody need to paint on quite so many small boards. It's an interesting approach - but one where the artist needs to steer a careful course if it is to avoid looking like affectation.
I liked Fontainebleau Reconstruction Joe Fan. It's one of those works that makes you keep looking to find the bits you haven't noticed yet.
|Runner Up: Fontainebleau Reconstruction Joe FanOil on canvas 122 x 153cm|
|Runner Up: The Pond by Ian Rowlands|
Oil, 91 x 91cm
- Catharine Davison, Artist;
- Ken Howard OBE RA NEAC, Artist;
- James Lloyd, Artist;
- Sam Wadsworth, Artist;
- Andrew Wilton, Visiting Research Fellow at Tate Britain.
- The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers was formed in 1502 by the amalgamation of companies in existence before 1283, the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers is actively engaged in supporting the art and craft of painting.
- The Lynn Foundation is a charity devoted to children, the disabled, music and the arts. Its contribution is the prize money totalling £25,000 and an engraved gold medal for the winner of the First Prize.
Links to previous posts about the Lynn Painter Stainer Prize and Exhibition2016
- Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2016: Call for Entries
- Lynn Painter-Stainers 2016 - Selected artists and works
- 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