In a genuinely unexpected turn of events my watercolour painting;, ‘Take me to the river’ is one of only fifty paintings – in all media – selected for the 2023 British Art Prize!
News of this success came as such a surprise because I’d totally forgotten that I’d entered for this opportunity! I do recall it being a very last minute, just before the deadline act of ‘nothing to lose’ opportunism, but beyond that – once I’d submitted my entries, I didn’t give it another thought!
The prize is organised by The Artist and Illustrator magazine and I’m indebted to the illustrious selection panel, which comprised of:
Adebanji Alade, President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and BBC One Show Presenter – better known by many as the Addictive Sketcher
Tom Croft, the artist behind Portraits for NHS Heroes
Sarah Graham, renowned British oil artist
Leigh Francis, aka Keith Lemon
and Suzanne Steele of Adobe and headline sponsor of the prize.
I’m sure that I’ll have more news on this to share in due course, but right now I’m still in a state of shock!
There will be an exhibition of all 50 selected works at London’s Oxo Gallery in January 2024, but right now, voting is open for ‘The people’s choice award’.
You can see all 50 of the selected works and vote for your favourite via the link below – and naturally I’d be thrilled if any of you were willing to cast your vote in my direction!
Whoop whoop! I really am still pinching myself!