|Winner of the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2014Fatboys Diner by Kathryn Maple88cm x 64cm (dimensions from her website)|
The best view you can get of Kathryn Maple's winning entry - "Fatboys Diner" - is if you click on the image on the STWC Facebook Page - because then you get a really big image which shows you all the calligraphy and mark-making in this painting
This is what Louise Wise, Critic & Writer at The Sunday Times and one of the judges. had to say about the winner
"Maple’s astonishing work looks as if it was conceived in the Deep South, but Fat Boy’s is, in fact, a cafe right by where she works, in Trinity Buoy Wharf, far out in east London. She even has lunch there sometimes. Maple, from Maidstone, Kent, is fond of the “odd and out of place in life”, and this slice of Americana in E14 fits the bill. The work is large enough (116cm x 86cm), but small by her standards; she builds each painting up by layering over time and, as this picture shows, is happy to use watercolours in a variety of ways."I have to say this varied use of watercolour in different ways is one of the things which I identified when producing the list of selected artists - and their associated websites (see Selected Artists - Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2014).
Her particular way of painting reminds me of two prominent and well regarded artists - both of which I like.
- the drawing element reminds me a lot of the way Van Gogh used to draw with a reed pen (see my 2007 blog posts about Van Gogh: Drawing media and techniques and Van Gogh: Drawing Landscapes)
- her painting (as in paintings on her website) also remind me of Peter Doig - it's something to do with the nature of the subject matter, the colour palettes and the layers of mark-making. (see Peter Doig's landscapes and painting process)
To me, it also looks very like a sketchbook painting which has been removed from the sketchbook - because there's something a crease down the middle. There again it might be two pieces of watercolour paper joined together. However the same image on her website certainly suggests the former. If true, I think that's splendid, because it very much legitimises the watercolour artist who observes from life and paints plein air and then submits their work for assessment via an art competition such as this one.