The Tyne at Wallsend Study 1 by Andrew Gifford won the main ING Purchase Prize of £5000.
The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition of selected works (457 artworks by 197 artists) opened to the public on Friday at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 until 22 November 2015.
- The gallery is open everyday from 10am until 5pm.
- Admission to this exhibition is free.
- You can also see the works selected by each of the judges online
- All of these small 'domestic scale' works are less than 20 inches in any dimension and are for sale. Over 100 of the works are priced at below £500.
I always provide a link to the websites of prizewinners and I'm particularly struck this year by the number of artists who had absolutely no personal details (bio, location etc) on their websites. I'm not really sure why that's seen to be a good thing in marketing terms......
I've also added in galleries which represent the artists. Do tell if you think this is useful.
If you're interested in entering this competition next year you can read more about it in my archive of blog posts about this art competition in past years - see the end of this post.
The prizes are awarded each year at the opening of the exhibition The exhibition selectors this year included Nicole Farhi, Larry Lamb and Emma Bridgewater.
ING Purchase Prize £5,000
|The Tyne at Wallsend Study 1 by Andrew Gifford - ING Purchase Prize|
(selected by Steve Pill
The oil painting The Tyne at Wallsend Study 1, is one of a series of northern scenes that the artist entered into this year’s competition.
I'm hugely impressed by Andrew Gifford's landscape paintings in different locations - which you can see at his gallery's website
He's entered a series of his plein air studies
ING Commercial Banking is delighted to award Andrew Gifford the £5000 ING Prize for his
Andrew is recognised as one of the UK’s most innovative landscape painters, and has exhibited widely, including solo public shows at . Growing up in Middlesborough, Andrew drew much of his artistic inspiration from the scenery of the North East. He studied fine art at Newcastle University, graduating in 1994, and subsequently moved to France.
Years later, a yearning to return to his roots got the better of him, and he spent an extended period of time painting on the Tyne. In this series of paintings, he chose to focus on a visually unremarkable scene - rather than the imposing Tyne Bridge for example – so as to emphasise the painterly beauty of the glowing sky.
This is a brilliant video of Andrew Gifford talking about his London paintings - both his small plein air studies (one of which has won this prize) or his larger studio paintings. It's an excellent example of how a good gallery can really showcase their artists. I wish more did the same
Andrew Gifford is represented by the John Martin Gallery where you can see his:
- New York Paintings
- Cities of the North East
- London Paintings
- Two Cities: Paintings of Jerusalem and Ramallah
- Wall Street International - Art - Andrew Gifford
- Financial Times - how to spend it - Andrew Gifford: inspired by the Tyne
The Discerning Eye Founder's Purchase Prize (£2500)
This prize was split between two painters Chris Bushe and Tom Hughes
|Chris Bushe 'Summer surf, Ardnave' 2/9 - DE Founder's Purchase Prize|
oil, 14x10 inches
Tom is regularly selected for exhibitions by FBA societies and also for major art competitions that I feature on this blog. He's somebody who's well worth keeping an eye on as he's doing well.
You can see more of his still life paintings on his website and you can also see his work in the RWA Autumn Exhibition this month at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol.
|Tom Hughes 'Studio corner with skull and cubes' 6/43 - DE Founder's Purchase Prize|
“Studio corner with skull and cubes”
oil, 18x18 inches
You can see a number of time-lapse videos that Tom has made on his YouTube channel.
He's represented by a number of galleries
- Panter & Hall 11-12 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5LU 12 – 13 York Street, Bath, BA1 1NG
- Beaux Arts, Bath 12 – 13 York Street, Bath, BA1 1NG
- Jane Reeves Gallery 11 Lanadwell Street, Padstow, Cornwall PL28 8AN
- Peter Barker Fine Art Welland Vale, Glaston Road, Uppingham, Rutland LE15 9EU
- Tinca Gallery 6 – 8 High Street, Portishead, BS20 6EW
Discerning Eye Chairman’s Purchase Prize, £1000
|Dion Salvador Lloyd 'Chalkland' - DE Chairman's Purchase Prize|
oil, 14x10 inches
Meynell Fenton Prize, £1000 and Benton Purchase Prize, £1000
|Mark Hearld 'Vixen' 1/30 - Benton Purchase Prize|
mixed media, 20x20 inches
This is a rather nice film, made by St Judes about Mark talking about his work, his inspirations and his working methods. I wish Mark had a website of his own.
Humphreys Purchase Prize £750
|Rose Eva 'Nude' - Humphreys Purchase Prize|
Rose Eva studied History of Art at the Courtauld and has wrked as a picture specialist at Phillips Auctioneers and as a curator and writer on art. She is a self-taught sculptor.
Her interest lies in the human form. I like the look of the different ways she represents the human form on her website
Her Snapbreast was featured in The Huffington Post earlier this year.
I'm not detecting any gallery representation which i find rather surprising.
Lincoln Seligman Purchase Prize, £500
|Delia Tournay-Godfrey 'Summer evening walk' - Lincoln Seligman Purchase Prize|
I like Delia Tournay-Godfrey's work - as seen on her website - a lot. It's very simple and it does that thing a lot of artists are scared of - it places people in a landscape.I love simplifying what is there, omitting unnecessary detail, emphasizing close tones; using these elements to evoke a mood or atmosphere. Summer Evening Walk was painted quickly, the figure walking a dog worked in before disappearing, followed by an intense period of painting activity to resolve the rest of the panel.
However her website is 100% dedictaed to her art and tells me absolutely nothing about her. No CV, no artist statement - just an email address in the footer. However if we go to her page on the blog for Ipswich Art Society we can find out a bit more about her.
Google tells me that she is (or was) represented in East Anglia by:
Discerning Eye Sculpture and 3D Work Prize
|Elizabeth Sophia-White 'Rocinante' (2/81) - DE Sculpture and 3D Prize|
What is it with ING Discerning Eye and websites without bio content or gallery information?
St Cuthberts Mill Award
|Alison Lumb 'Street Scene 1' 3/37 - St Cuthberts Mill Award|
Limited edition inkjet print on paper (2014)
270mm x 190mm, 14x18 inches
Alison Lumb used to be a film producer producing drama series and mini-series for the UK’s major broadcasters. She's now a a full-time practising artist and is a member of Espacio, an artist-run gallery in Bethnal Green - where you can see more of her work. She's been exhibiting on a regular basis for the last five years.
I wish I knew what sort of print it is and how she made it....
The Exhibition - selection and curation
The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition is a show of small works - including paintings, prints, sculptures, drawings and photographs - in six small exhibitions within one, each personally curated by six prominent figures from the art world. They create their exhibitions from their personal selection of work coming through the open entry and artists they have personally invited to exhibit .
The 2015 Panel of Selectors/Curators comprised:
- Emma Bridgewater, the founder of iconic British ceramics brand
- Nicole Farhi, respected fashion designer-turned-sculptor
- Larry Lamb, actor - known for roles in EastEnders and Gavin & Stacey.
- Stephen Doherty, Director of Visual Communications at Somerset House
- Steve Pill, Editor of Artists & Illustrators Magazine,
- Stephen Snoddy, Gallery Director of The New Art Gallery, Walsall,
Note: The exhibition is organised by Parker Harris on behalf of The Discerning Eye, an educational charity which encourages a wider understanding and appreciation of the visual arts. It's sponsored by ING Commercial Banking.
Related Links - 2015 and previous years
- All past exhibitions are archived here.
- Since 2008, the archive has included images of all works.
- The archive is indexed by both artist and selector and there is a full site indexavailable too.
- Jeremy Gardiner wins ING Discerning Eye Prize 2013
- ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2013 - a review18 Nov 2013
- ING Discerning Eye 2012 - Selected Artists 01 Oct 2012
- Owen Bullet wins £5000 ING Discerning Eye Prize 21 Nov 2012
- ING Discerning Eye 2011 - Selected Artists 12 Sep 2011
- ING Discerning Eye - selected artists archive published 11 Aug 2011
- ING Discerning Eye 2010 - selected artists 25 Sep 2010
- REVIEW: The ING Discerning Eye exhibition 18 Nov 2010
- Exhibition Review - ING Discerning Eye 2009 16 Nov 2009
- Who's been selected for the ING Discerning Eye 2008? 10 Sep 2008
- ING Discerning Eye 2008 - Prizewinners 15 Nov 2008
- ING Discerning Eye 2008 - a review 13 Nov 2008
- ING Discerning Eye at the Mall Galleries 24 Nov 2007