- The first (below) is about the prizewinners and
- the second, on Monday, is about the exhibition itself - and a very important change which has relevance to the other Federation of British Artists societies showing at the Mall Galleries
There is a list of all the events during the course of the exhibition on the RSPP website - with more details on the Malleries site. Most of them cost nothing.
PrizewinnersFive of the six prizewinners came from the Open Entry - which is very strong for this exhibition. More about this in my next post.
The Ondaatje Prize For Portraiture
- awarded annually for the most distinguished portrait of the year
- launched in 1995
- sponsored by Sir Christopher Ondaatje CBE OC and the Ondaatje Foundation
- see past winners
|Winner of the Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture|
A Portrait of Roger Scruton by Lantian D.
This year's winner is Lantian D. Her subject is Roger Scruton who is a writer who is currently a Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a visiting professor in the philosophy department at Oxford University and is leading a Masters Degree in Philosophy at the University of Buckingham. He has specialised in aesthetics throughout his career.
It's a really fascinating portrait - every part of the painting makes me wonder what it is about. I know he has a horse - but this animal looks more like a donkey (or maybe a horse with a winter coat?). The background is obviously Cambridge and I guess that it's easier to represent this via Kings College Chapel than Jesus College which is where he took his first degree or Peterhouse where he was a Research Fellow. The big brown socks appear to have a life of their own! [Update: The animal is a donkey - and Roger Scruton thought it ought to be a horse (he has one) but read the comment from Lantian D. for why it is a donkey)
What's just as fascinating is the story of the development of the artist as a painter.
Lantian D is a self-taught artist. She followed a strict and traditional education in China and did a commerce degree to keep her parents happy. In 2008 she then studied media arts and film production at the University of Technology, Sydney.
She then went on to work in galleries in Sydney and London, became acquainted with the contemporary art scene - and rejected it and studied Chinese art history at the School of Oriental and African Studies.
In 2013 she decided to paint until her savings ran out - and got her entry accepted to the BP Portrait Award (which you can see in this post - I got her gender wrong!) Subsequently she had two paintings accepted for the Threadneedle Award and this year she had a work selected for the Lynn Painter-Stainer Award exhibition
She has a brilliant artist statement which should be read by all! It includes the following which probably goes some way to explain why she chose to paint Roger Scruton
Today, traditions of craft and the pursuit of beauty have long been forsaken by much of the art world. Postmodern Art, which appears to have been initiated by Duchamp and capitalised on by Warhol (and so on), no longer makes sense to an “un-indoctrinated” eye. The Avant-garde of the 20th century finally got more than what they bargained for. Look around: insipid jokes, flippant kitsch, hollow attitudes, juvenile anger, nauseating shocks, bewildering objects and shameless plagiarism are the daily diet of the art industry.
This is a photo of the painter with the subject - Roger Scruton. I'd have loved to have been there to photograph artist with model but alas "The Knee" was back in the knee brace and not keen on the scrum which is the RSPP Awards Ceremony.
The De Laszlo Foundation Award
Prize: £3,000 and a silver medal
Purpose: a prize for an artist under thirty five years old judged to have submitted the best portrait.
- sponsored by the de Laszlo Foundation which aims to encourage young artists.
- see past winners
|Winner of The de Lazlo Foundation Award|
Portrait of Lisa by Stephanie Kullberg
This is her Instagram account which includes a lot of her portrait paintings. I think she's having a problem with her website at the moment as it came up blank.
The Changing Faces Portrait Commission Prize
Prize: £2,000 commission
awarded to the artist whose portrait best conveys the energy of their subject, the directness of their gaze and an attitude that exudes openness and confidence.Background:
- Sponsored by Changing Faces who have been campaigning for face equality since 1992. The Changing Faces Collection aims to show the public that a person’s distinctive scar colourful mark or unusual feature is just one part of their overall picture.
- see past winners
|Winner of the Chaging Faces Prize|
In the Park by jan Milkulka
The winner is Czech artist Jan Mikulka who won the self portrait prize in 2013. Jan Mikulka wins £20,000 SELF Portrait Prize. This portrait seems to have been painted in the same location as his entry in the 2015 BP Portrait exhibition.
The Prince Of Wales’ Award For Portrait Drawing
Prize: £2,000 and a framed certificate.
supports the importance of good grounding in the skills of drawing from life.Background:
- Prize donated by the Prince of Wales
- see past winners
|Winner of the Princes of wales's Award for Portrait Drawing|
RF Head Study 2 by Graeme Wilcoxcharcoal 105x95cm
This has undoubtedly been prompted in part by the fact that this Society Awards includes a Drawing Prize - and not just any old drawing prize but one sponsored by the Prince of Wales!
The winner this year is the Scottish artist Graeme Wilcox. He attended Glasgow School of Art and graduated with a first degree in Fine Art in Printmaking. He is currently based at the WASPS Southblock Studios in Glasgow and has been a consistent winner of awards in recent years.
You can see Head Study 1 and 2 on his website
He has another painting in the Corpus Exhibition which opens at the Blackheath Gallery tomorrow.
The drawing hangs in the North Gallery
|Drawings in the North Gallery|
The Burke’s Peerage Foundation Award
Prize: £2,000 and framed certificate
Purpose: the most classically inspired portrait in the exhibition
- founded in 2015
- see past winners
|Winner of Burke's Peerage Award for Classically Inspired Portrait|
Trinity House by Richard Foster RP
This is a photo of the artist with the painting.
In an article in The Telegraph he Revealed: The secret to painting a portrait of 35 subjects
The Smallwood Artchitects Prize for contextual portraiture
Purpose: an award for a portrait in which architectural or interior features play an important part
Background: founded in 2015
|Winner of the Smallwood Architects Prize for contextual portraiture|
Stephen with Bill by Lyn Grey
No website that I could find so I don't know anything about the artist.
More about Past Annual Exhibitions
- Prizewinners at the 124th Annual Exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters
- Review - 123rd Annual Exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters
- Review: Royal Society of Portrait Painters - Annual Exhibition 2013
- Royal Society of Portrait Painters - 2013 Prizewinners
- Jan Mikulka wins £20,000 SELF Portrait Prize
- Review: Royal Society of Portrait Painters - 121st Annual Exhibition
- Analysis of open entry to RSPP Annual Exhibition
- Antony Williams wins Ondaatje Prize 2012
- Review: Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2011 (Part 2)
- Review: Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2011 (Part 1)
- Review: Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2010
- Exhibition review: Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2009 08 May 2009
- James Lloyd wins The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture 24 Apr 2008
- the ondaatje portraiture prize is re-awarded - to tom coates 04 May 2007
- portrait completed in 2 hours wins ondaatje prize 26 Apr 2007