Wednesday, August 28, 2013

David Forster wins Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2013

David Forster has won the £10,000 First Prize in the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2013.  David has previously exhibited in the competition and won 2nd Prize in the Singer and Friedlander Watercolour Competition in 2005. I've highlighted his work before on this blog in this post.

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Sunday Times Watercolour Competition - FIRST PRIZE (£10,000)
Not long afterwards the country was overrun by war (Port Edgar, Scotland) by David Forster

acrylic on paper, 91 x 74 cm
His intensely wrought landscape paintings refer to the traditions of the 18th and 19th centuries. Though the scenes depicted are topographically correct, light and colour are altered to create a fictionalised reality.

Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

The competition celebrates all works produced in water‐based mediums, whether abstract or figurative, contemporary or traditional.
These are the details of all the winners in the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2013.
You can see the paintings which won the prizes below.  I'm still waiting for details as to media and sizes and will insert this when I have the information.

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Sunday Times Watercolour Competition - SECOND PRIZE (£6,000)
Horses St Mark's by Gordon McDowall

Watercolour, 82 x 82 cm

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Sunday Times Watercolour Competition -
Smith & Williamson Cityscape Prize (£1,500)
The Old and the New - Monument 2013 by Andrew Horrod

Watercolour, 96 x 75cm

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Sunday Times Watercolour Competition - Vintage Classics Prize for Cover Art (£500)
Fire Marked the Land Like a Language IV by David Firmstone

Watercolour, 114 x 85 cm
The 2013 judging panel was
  • Julia Farrer, artist;
  • Danny Markeyartist; 
  • Dr Susan OwensCurator of Painting, Victoria & Albert Museum;
  • Desmond Shawe-Taylor CVOSurveyor of the Queen’s Pictures; and
  • Louis Wise, Assistant Editor, Culture, The Sunday Times

Sunday Times Watercolour Competition - The Exhibition

I'll be writing a review of the exhibition when it opens at the Mall Galleries in the Mall, London on 16th September until 21 September 2013.  The exhibition is open from 10am to 5pm each day and entry is free.

83 works by 79 artists have been selected by the jurors for the exhibition from a submission of 800+ entries.  This is significantly less than the 100 estimate at the time of the Call for Entries.

I understand a series of FREE workshops and demonstrations by past and current exhibitors will occur during the exhibition but I've got no details of those as yet.  I'll post them when I have them.

Smith & Williamson are generously supporting a tour of the exhibition in the UK.  A selection of the 2013 exhibition will be shown in their offices throughout the UK from September 2013 to January 2014.

Links to previous blog posts about this competition on Making A Mark



  1. Great post Katherine, wow Horses St Mark's by Gordon McDowall is superb, would have got my vote!

  2. I've no idea - I only get information about selected artists not who entered. However women have won this award in the past.


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