The Cumberland Pencil Company based in Workington Cumbria, is delighted to announce the winners of the second Derwent Art Prize for works created in pencil. The prize is an open opportunity for British and international artists, showcasing the very best works created in pencil, charcoal, pastel, graphite, water-soluble and coloured pencils.
A distinguished panel of judges shortlisted 80 pieces of artwork from more than 2700 entries to make up a varied exhibition by 60 international artists. Award winners were announced last night during the Private View held on 15 September in London.
The impressive prize pot totals £12,650; with a First Prize of £6,000; Second Prize of £3,500, Third Prize of £1,000, the £700 People’s Choice Award for works in the exhibition and the £250 UK Coloured Pencil Society Award for Excellence. Two additional prizes will be awarded this year: the Young Artist Award of £500 for artists under 25 years, and an additional People’s Choice Award of £700, selected from all 2014 entries and judged by visitors to the website: www.derwent-artprize.com
- 1st Prize (£6,000): Brian Fay ‘Looted salt mine 1945 Manet in the Winter Garden’. Pencil drawing Dublin based, Brian Fay is an artist and lecturer in Fine Art at the Dublin Institute of Technology and is currently completing a PhD at Northumbria University. His work is held in various collections, including the Irish National Drawing Collection, The Crawford Art Gallery, Dublin Institute of Technology, and the Office of Public Works.
- 2nd Prize (£3,500): Brian Morris, Hörnan. Coloured pencil. Australian born Brian Morris now lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.
- 3rd Prize (£1,000): Patsy Whiting, ‘Garden garage marriage’. Coloured pencil. From Loughborough, UK.
- A Special Commendation was awarded to Katarzyna Wiesiolek from Rewal, Poland for her charcoal drawing entitled ‘Immanence V’.
- The Young Artist Award (£500), for artists aged 25 or under, has been awarded to Natasha-Anne Aplin for ‘Devolution Series’.
- Following a public vote, Day-z has been awarded the People’s Choice Award (£700) in the exhibition for ‘London Riots’ and János Hegyes ‘Portrait’ for the Overall People’s Choice Award (£700) from all entries.
The selection panel was made up of; Kate Macfarlane, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Drawing Room, Josh Spero, Editor of Spears Magazine and Art Critic for Tatler UK, and Professor Anita Taylor, artist, Co-Founder and Director of Jerwood Drawing Prize and Dean of Bath School of Art and Design.
The exhibition of short listed work is currently on display until the 20 September at the Mall Galleries in London. www.mallgalleries.org.uk/