Spirit of Place
Spirit of Place Project - Catherine Mason
Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize | Mall Galleries, London | 7-13 March 2016.
The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize was created in 2005 by the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers and the Lynn Foundation to encourage the very best creative representational painting and promote the skill of draftsmanship. With prize money of £30,000 the Prize is one of the most prestigious awards to artists in the UK.
I am delighted to have my painting Alternative Eden selected for the final exhibition in March 2016.
THE ARBOREALISTS & OTHER PAINTERS 7 JULY - 4 AUGUST 2018
The Holt Festival – Sir John Hurt Art Prize Sunday 22nd – Sunday 29th July 2018
Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2019
Stunned and delighted to have been awarded 2nd Prize in the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize
Congratulations to all the prize winners:
Past, present, future: tracing the female line (2018)
The Winterkeeper's Cabin (2018)
Young Artist Award
Brian Botting Prize
Very happy that my painting ‘The Winterkeeper’s Cabin’ has been selected for the 2019 Lynn Painter Stainers Prize exhibition - PV 5th March at Mall Galleries with Parker Harris
'Lara’s atmospheric painting is a magical response to the natural world around her and the memory of sense of place. Her use of a limited colour palette gives the piece fluidity, making us connect to this moment of stillness. Laura says of her work that ‘the thread pulling her work together is about coming home, belonging or a sense of unbelongong.’
The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize was created in 2005 by the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers and the Lynn Foundation to encourage the very best creative representational painting and promote the skill of draftsmanship. With prize money of £35,000 the Prize is one of the most prestigious awards to artists in the UK.
The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize welcomes outstanding creative examples of representational painting from both amateur and professional artists in the UK. 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 figurative painting. The exhibition aims to reflect the breadth of approaches and materials from across the artistic spectrum.
The Judges for 2019 are:
Christopher Green, artist and former prize winner
Tom Hewlett, Portland Gallery
Robin Lee-Hall PPRP, artist
Jennifer Scott, Dulwich Picture Gallery
Ben Sulivan RP, NEAC, artist
Prizes include an increased First Prize of £20,000; Second Prize of £4,000; Young Artist Prize of £4,000; The Daphne Todd Prize of £2,000; and the Brian Botting Prize of £5,000.
The Arborealists were formed in 2013, the brain-child of curator and artist Tim Craven after the critical success of Under the Green Wood : Picturing the British Tree, an exhibition he co-curated with Steve Marshall and Professor Anne Anderson at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Hampshire. This exhibition was formed of two distinct parts. Part one was an historical review of artists who had occupied themselves drawing and painting trees and tree-landscapes and included, John Constable, Paul Nash and Paul Sanby amongst other nineteenth and twentieth century celebrated artists. Part two featured 32 contemporary artists, represented by one work each, and included a Turner Prize short-listee and two Royal Academicians but also less well-known artists who had given trees, forests and woods a special value and who had developed new perceptions of painting and language while painting trees. The exhibition showcased a great diversity of art practice, including scale, medium, style and philosophy, centered around the unifying subject of the tree.
One of the precepts of the Arborealists is to invite local artists to exhibit with them when ever and where ever they mounted an exhbition in order to enrich the exhibitions. Each time they have exhibited it has been to critical and popular success. In 2014 they were invited to the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol and 2015 to the National Trust's Mottisfont Abbey, Romsey, Hampshire. The Arborealists are now regularly invited to exhibit in other venues and there are two major publications associated with them Under the Green Wood, Picturing the British Tree and The Arborealists, both published by Sansoms & Co, Bristol, 2013 and 2016.
The reason for the success of the Arborealist exhibitions is threefold 1) the artists themselves , all of whom are trained professionals who often but not exclusively objectify 'trees' in their ongoing practice ; 2) as Walter Sickert observed in 1907 at the inaugauration of the Fitzroy Street Group; It is more interesting to see the work of five or seven artists than one and 3) All of us love trees and as Hermann Hesse on What Trees Teach Us About Belonging and Life says : When we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy.