Caroline Frood - Membury Brook

Devon artists shortlisted for £15,000 national art prize

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Three artists from Devon have been shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, the UK’s leading competition for British contemporary representational painting and drawing.

The artists are:

  • Caroline Frood from Axminster for her oil painting ‘Membury Brook’
  • Christopher Cook from Churchstow for his graphite and oil on paper ‘The Thief’
  • Suzy Fasht from Liverton for her egg tempera on board ‘Beady-eyed Blackbird on the Ted Hughes Poetry Trail’

83 artists have been shortlisted for the prize out of 1,144 who entered this year’s competition. This represents the highest level of entries in the prize’s 13-year history.

Suzy Fasht - Beady-eyed blackbird on the Ted Hughes poetry trail
Suzy Fasht – Beady-eyed blackbird on the Ted Hughes poetry trail

The eventual winners will be selected from these works and announced on 5 March at an evening event at the Mall Galleries in London.

Ian Rowley, chairman of the organising committee, said: “This year, we’ve been staggered by the quality of the entries. There’s a tremendous diversity to the works combined with some bold approaches.

“A record-breaking 2,194 works were submitted by over a thousand artists, which shows that representational art in the UK is in better health than the art establishment might surmise. The judges have now completed the very difficult job of whittling those 1,000-plus artists down to just 83, whose works will be exhibited.”

Christopher Cook - The thief
Christopher Cook – The thief

The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize for representational art – art that seeks to capture the real world – offers total prize money of £30,000, comprising a first prize of £15,000 and a gold medal, second prize of £4,000 alongside the newly introduced People’s Prize worth £2,000. Young artists aged 25-or-under compete for the Young Artist Award of £4,000.

For the fourth year running, the competition is also offering the Brian Botting Prize of £5,000. This will be awarded to an artist aged 30-or-under for an outstanding representation of the human figure.

The competition is open to any artist, professional or amateur, resident in the UK and painting or drawing works of representational art and over 18-years-old. The competition aims to promote and support fresh new talent.

Judges for the 2018 competition are:

  •  Daphne Todd OBE PPRP NEAC – chair of the judging panel, artist and judge on BBC1’s The Big Painting Challenge
  • Robin Mason – artist and Head of Fine Art, City & Guilds London Art School
  • Johnny Messum – founder and director, Messums Wiltshire
  • Prof Andrew Stahl – artist, Professor of Fine Art and Head of Undergraduate Painting at the UCL Slade School of Fine Art in London
  • Benjamin Sullivan NEAC RP – artist, winner of the BP Portrait Award 2017

Created in 2005 by The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers and The Lynn Foundation, the open competition continues to champion the skill of draughtsmanship and representational painting. The exhibition aims to reflect the breadth of approaches and materials from across the artistic spectrum.

For further details  visit www.lynnpainterstainersprize.o


Top image: Caroline Frood – Membury Brook



(from a press release)




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