COMMENDED ENTRIES

 
 

During the competition’s entry period, Jackson’s Judging Panel selects one entry each week that we think is of exceptional quality as the commended entry. All commended entries are automatically added to the longlist, meaning they will be considered for the six Category Prizes, the People’s Choice Award, the Shortlist, the Emerging Artist Prize (if applicable) and the Overall Prize.

 
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Jonathon Nickisson Richards
'Sky (311217)'
Acrylic on board
120 x 100 x 5 cm

Category: Landscape/Cityscape/Seascape

We were intrigued by this painting on the first look, but even more so when reading about the artist’s process of drying acrylic paint and grinding it back down to a powder. The application of this powdered paint has produced a lightweight quality to the artwork, in which the depth and texture of a shifting sky can be seen and felt. Sky (311217) is a contemporary modernist painting where the process and subject matter have informed each other.’ - Jackson's Judging Panel

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Karen Spencer
Solitude
Acrylic on canvas
65 x 45 x 3.5 cm

Category: Landscape/Cityscape/Seascape

The Jackson’s Judging Panel were drawn into Karen’s painting, Solitude, because of the way it instantly evokes the feeling of a warm summer day that fills the senses. Through generous, impressionistic mark making, Karen’s skillfully rendered painting is a celebration of experiencing nature in abundance, on one’s own. A moment of solitude to fully appreciate every leaf, petal and blade of grass.’ - Jackson's Judging Panel

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Chris Polunin
Still Life with Bird on Plum Branch
Oil on canvas
30 x 40 x 0.4 cm

Category: Still Life/Botanical

‘This painting really stood out to the Jackson’s Judging panel because of the artist’s elegant choice of colour and his use of chiaroscuro, which invokes the 19th century ateliers he has spent many years studying. ‘Still Life with Bird on Plum Branch’ is a striking artwork that is as rich and alluring as it is strange and unnerving, resulting in a kind of measured curiosity in the viewer. It is so exciting to see the variety and quality of work being submitted at this stage of the competition.’ - Jackson's Judging Panel

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Georgia Peskett
Facade, Pink and Green
Oil on silk, over stretcher
51 x 61 x 2.5 cm

Category: Scenes of Everyday Life

‘The geometric composition and repetitive patterns of this urban facade are syncopated by the energetic figure of the man and dog as they move through the urban environment at pace. Facade, Pink and Green recalls modernist painters such as Richter, Hockney, Hopper and even Mondrian but also feels like a very contemporary painting’ - Jackson's Judging Panel

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Michelle Wilson
Lumi
Luminance pencils and acrylic paint on paper
42 x 29.7 cm

Category: Animals

‘Lumi is an intimate and skilfully painted study of a much loved family pet, illustrating it’s poised gaze and soft fur coat with incredible attention to detail.’ - Jackson's Judging Panel

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Catherine MacDiarmid
Behind the White Witch Mask
Oil on canvas
30 x 25 x 4 cm

Category: Portrait/Figure

Artist Statement: ‘Behind the Paint [series] focuses on the masks and disguises people have, as either pseudo or assumed barriers. The theme developed from my sideline business of face painting, which evolved from a love of face painting my own children. Having two boys with Autism Spectrum Condition I discovered that they found disguises a helpful tool which displaced themselves from the world around. They always enjoy dressing up and these other personas fascinate me. I was keen to see how much of the original character remains when protected by a guise, and whether I could still paint that person behind the paint.’

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Gary Scholes
Component
Acrylic on canvas
92 x 127 x 4 cm

Category: Non-representional/Abstract

Artist Statement: ‘Imaginary landscape inspired by sketchbook drawings and military training manuals. One of a series of paintings entitled 'Parts and Sub-assemblies' exploring memory, personal stories and the process of making.’

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Caio Locke
Metropolis London
Acrylic on canvas
155 x 255 x 5 cm

Category: Landscape/Cityscape/Seascape

Artist Statement: ‘This painting reconsiders the multiple layers of London through a dream-like, atemporal filter, so as to redefine the notion of the city, both individual and collective, by what it can inspire.’

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Michael Ashcroft
Sundown, White Coppice
Oil on board
15 x 28 x 1 cm

Category: Landscape/Cityscape/Seascape

Artist Statement: ‘Painted from a beauty spot called White Coppice in Lancashire. The path raises slightly to reveal a panoramic view of the Lancashire Landscape below’

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Congratulations to all of our Commended Entrants