JACKSON'S OPEN ART PRIZE 2016
The winners of the inaugural Jackson’s Open Art Prize were selected from 3,100 submission entered by artists from all over the world. The mix of work submitted was eclectic, with landscapes, portraits, still lifes and abstract works united only by being 2D artwork (painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media).
The judges on the panel had the unenviable task of choosing three winners from the shortlist of 54 outstanding entries. We feel that the winning artworks show the diverse nature of this year’s entries, from imagined landscapes to modern, abstract graffiti. The artworks were scored on a mixture of criteria, as judge Carlos De Lins explained: ‘I started looking at first the overall impact of the image in relation to its subject matter, then materials & technique, then subject matter again in relation to composition'.
EXPERT PANEL OF JUDGES
The winner of Jackson’s Amateur Prize and £600 worth of Jackson’s Gift Vouchers was decided by a public vote. Over 11,100 votes were cast on our Facebook voting tab and it was decided that ‘Inscriptions of the absence’ by Gabriela Lobato Ramos was the winner!
AMATEUR RUNNER'S UP
We shared the amazing runners-up in our Amateur Prize, so although they narrowly missed out in claiming the top spot, their work has been shared and seen by thousands.
EARLY ENTRY PRIZES
Each of the last four weeks of the entry period the Jackson's panel selected one entry for commendation, each in a different medium: oil painting, acrylic painting, pastel painting, and watercolour painting. Each of the four winners received £100 or more worth of art materials. The prizes were awarded by Golden, Winsor & Newton and Schmincke.
AWARD FOR ACRYLIC
AWARD FOR OIL
AWARD FOR WATERCOLOUR
AWARD FOR SOFT PASTEL
‘Caraili’ by Orlanda Broom - Winner of Jackson’s Early Entry Award for Acrylic
£100 worth of Golden Artist Acrylics
"I’m very drawn to colour and take inspiration from trips I’ve made where the intensity of light and colour are something I want to try and recreate. I suppose, a bit like flowers, my paintings try to catch attention by using colour. And I want the paintings to feel quite indulgent or celebratory. However the painting should unfold the more you look at it and when the eye adjusts to what’s usually quite a busy composition there’s a more contemplative theme that belies the initial lure of colour." - Read the rest of Orlando's interview on our blog
‘You Tell Me’ by Sal Jones - Winner of Jackson’s Early Entry Award for Oil
£100 worth of Winsor & Newton Oil Products
"I love the idea of creating something from nothing – seeing an image appear – something fascinating and satisfying at the same time. I’ve always made things – from a young age, I was always sticking bits of paper down, cutting up things, sketching, colouring. I remember we had a couple of oil paintings up in the house, I grew up in, that my father had painted (it had been a hobby of his at some stage) and I thought it was amazing that my dad had painted these; so that may well have had an influence early on. My first foray into oil painting as a teenager was copying David Bowie album covers…. Then, of course, it was visiting galleries and seeing art exhibitions. Now I find inspiration everywhere really." - read the rest of Sal's interview on out blog
‘Autumn Light’ by Helga Powell - Winner of Jackson’s Early Entry Award for Watercolour
£100 worth of Winsor & Newton Watercolour products
"Working from observation and my own photography, this is a large scale work that monumentalises the small and humble hedgerow blackberry. By magnifying the fruit, its incredible structure is revealed and it takes on an almost planet like presence. The play of light that bounces off the fruit’s surface – the beautiful reds and blue, is staggering. The blackberry epitomises for me all the juicy fruitfulness of Autumn – its beauty and structure deserves to be celebrated!” - Read the rest of Helga's interview on our blog
‘Under Blackcap’ by Carlina Oliver - Winner of Jackson’s Early Entry Award for Soft Pastel
"I have lived in Sussex most of my life with the glorious South Downs in view and, consequently, have an enormous fondness for them. My husband and I also kept cattle, pigs, poultry and prize-winning sheep on our own small farm for many years, so I have a great affinity with the countryside. (I enjoy visiting towns, especially if a gallery visit is involved, but always notice a sigh of relief and a surge of excitement when the Downs come back into view.)" - Read the rest of Carlina's interview on our blog