|The winner! "Camera" by Ingrida Bagdonaite|
I visited on a quiet Tuesday lunch time, there were three other people looking round.
The gallery, consisting of three rooms leading one into another, is a beautiful space, airy and well lit and shows off the work at it's best.
Because the judges didn't choose any of my submitted work I didn't approach this visit with a great deal of enthusiasm. Could it be that I was just a tad jealous? There, I've said it and now I can get onto the exhibition itself.
The Winner: of the Maxwell Memorial Prize.
"Camera" by Ingrida Bagdonaite was a large painting of a camera, many layered, print and oil on canvas. It had an eeriness about it as though we were seeing it through skins of time.
I also liked the other painting by Ingrida called "Goggles"
Highly Commended: City Drawing by Jane Walker , acrylic and charcoal on paper. Of course being charcoal it was very dark.
The Best Drawing Award went to Boon Yik Chung for las Vegas Pigs Farm, except it wasn't a drawing it was a giclee print of a drawing. Which admittedly was skillful and engaging but it was not the actual drawing.
Newcomer Award was given to Mark Mathod for "Alan Bracegirdle" a photomontage. Not just something to look at more a work to ponder over. I quite liked this in an odd sort of way.
|Silage Grass V by Gareth Brown|
Goggles by Ingrida Bagdonaite
"Connection " by Diana Savostaite a pastel and charcoal drawing on paper executed with assurance and panache and some colour.
"Natural Treasures" by Sarah McGonigle which was a beautiful classical botanical illustration in watercolour. A little gem!
Best of all "Sillage Grass V" an oil painting by Gareth Brown. Such detail, such precision!
Approx 400 entries, 76 chosen.
Of those chosen:
Oil/acrylic on canvas or board: 26.
Mixed Media 11
It has been said that the exhibition looks a bit bare and more work should have been chosen.
If you are an artist of course you want more work displayed, particularly your own art. If you are a curator I suspect your aims are different. After all you only want the best, looking the best.