Monday, May 28, 2012

Wildlife Artist of the Year - Karen Laurence-Rowe

Last week over 150 works of wildlife art selected for The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s Wildlife Artist of the Year competition were exhibited at the Mall Galleries.

This post is about the award winners and the selected artists and artwork.

The artwork was submitted by both established and exciting new artists and was sold to help both with raising awareness and funds for critically endangered mammals supported by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF ).

Wildlife Artist of the Year Award Winners

Overall Winner & Winner of 'Endangered Wildlife' category
Rothschild Mirage by Karen Laurence-Rowe
Oil on Canvas 198cm x 117cm (78" x 46.1")
£6,500.00
Karen Lawrence-Rowe won The 2012 Wildlife Artist of the Year Award and the Endangered Category with Rothschild Mirage.  Karen is one of Kenya's leading wildlife artists.  Do pay a visit to her website

Karen Lawrence-Rowe accepted the £10 ,000 top prize from
wildlife artist and conservationist, David Shepherd CBE and conservationist Mark Carwardine.
Popular sculptor Nick Mackman was the Overall Runner-Up and the winner of the Go Wild Category with Huddle of Pups by Nick Mackman

Category Winners

The category winners are as follows
View the winners and the full exhibition online by clicking here

Selected artists and artwork

These are:
Click three times on the image to see the best size of image for viewing the quality of the work.

What struck me about the work which was selected and hung was that an awful lot of the images were wholly original - I'd never seen them before even if I'd seen images of that animal before.  To my mind that's got to be the focus of anybody entering artwork in this competition - the composition  needs to be original and the execution must also say something about the signature style of the artist.  In other words the artwork is unique - and not like something we've already seen in other shows or in photographic images in journals.

Links:  This is my website about wildlife art - Wildlife Art - Resources for Artists.  It contains links to previous Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibitions and highlights award-winning artists