The Paint Out Norwich Exhibition Vote People’s Choice award was won again in 2015 by artist Liam Wales. When Liam first entered Paint Out in 2014 he was also the overwhelming Archant/EDPPeople’s Choice vote winner at the Hostry Festival exhibition of paintings. As well as receiving £100 and a Judge’s commendation from David Curtis for his St Giles on the Hill painting (see below) he wins an additional £100 prize cheque, courtesy of Archant. His unmistakable draughtsman-like style of charcoal or pen and ink, with occasional colour wash, has stood out two years running. He has a quirky love of bikes and cars that has seen them feature in many of his works.
About Liam Wales
Liam says he likes to “work quickly with a fluid line which gives each drawing a particular spontaneity.” Every artist was given 3 hours to complete each art work, and on several occasions Liam has wrapped up early.
“I really enjoyed the interaction with the other artists and the public. Because I like to work quickly, I also enjoyed the restricted timescale for producing the artwork.”
When not out doing en plein air drawings and paintings Liam works doing reconstruction paintings for English Heritage, and as an illustrator in London, “producing hand drawn visuals for Architects who are tired of seeing so many computer generated images.”
He comes from a long line of artistic family members who have all encouraged him to draw. What he loves about Norwich is its:
“diversity of impressive views and quirky details and a receptive public who seem to like creativity.”
He has recorded many Norwich views including the iconic Royal Arcade, an art work whose detail shows off his architectural and artist’s eye at one and the same time.
All the paintings above are still for sale – use the Buy links to enquire. Other art created by Liam at Paint Out Norwich 2015 include the following sold works of St Giles on the Hill:
Paint Out Norwich 2015 Prizewinning Paintings & Artists
The Paint Out Norwich 2015 Artist Prize Winners were: Richard Bond (1st), Mo Teeuw (2nd), Eloise O’Hare (3rd), Michael Richardson (Nocturne 1st) with judges commendations to Brian Korteling, Gennadiy Ivanov, and Liam Wales.
Some additional awards recognising artistic spirit and achievement and the Exhibition Vote People’s Choice award will be announced in due course. [Update 14 Nov 2015, this was won by Liam Wales for the second year running]
First Prize – Richard Bond
The Paint Out Norwich judges awarded Richard Bond the £1,500 First Prize donated by sponsorChris Hind for his 13″x20″ watercolour on paper painting “Winged Victory”, a Norwich monument to lives lost in the Boer War on Agricultural Hall Plain, near Anglia TV.
Richard lives locally in Norwich and has entered all our competitions to date and also delivered a watercolour painting workshop at Paint Out Wells. He described himself as “stunned but delighted” and also had this to say:
“Congratulations to the other winners and my thanks to the organisers, judges and all the artists taking part for your encouragement, inspiration and companionship throughout the week. A tough but great week, thoroughly enjoyed it”.
More about Richard and his paintings on his website.
Second Prize – Mo Teeuw
Mo Teeuw, is a veteran of Paint Out Norwich 2014, and this is the second painting competition within the last few weeks she has won a prize at. She won the Second Prize of £1000 donated by sponsorStrutt and Parker for her 14×18″ oil painting of “View of Norwich from Mousehold Heath”, done at our Mousehold Heath mass ‘paint out’.
“the last thing I was expecting was to win anything as the standard was so high so, I was more than shocked to win overall second prize and delighted I must say. Paint Out Norwich is one of the most organised and best put together events I have ever been to. There is such a fantastic team of people that work so well together – and they are SO nice. If you are even just a little bit tempted to apply for next year’s event, I would say – ‘go for it’.”
Third Prize – Eloise O’Hare
Eloise O’Hare was awarded the Third Prize of £500 donated by sponsorJamieson’s Property Search for her pen, ink and watercolour, work invitingly titled “Chocolate Arcade”. It was completed under the shelter of the ArtNouveau-styled Royal Arcade on a day when the weather was challenging to say the least.
Eloise has been on Future Radio to talk about her prize and the Paint Out competition and described herself as “amazed” by her “5 sales and a Prize in a week.”
Nocturne Prize – Michael Richardson
Michael Richardson is another veteran of all of our events to date and has also twice delivered oil painting workshops for Paint Out. He was awarded the inaugural Nocturne First Prize of £1000 donated by sponsorMills & Reeve for his after sundown painting of “Dove Street”.
Michael is passionate and eminently professional about plein air, and says he cannot “wait for next year”.
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Apart from having to agree on the top three prize awards the three judges: David Curtis, Marcus Dickey Horley, and Amanda Geitner, were also given the freedom to award a personal commendation outside the top rankings with a £100 prize, courtesy of sponsor Archant, going to each of the following highly commended artists: Gennadiy Ivanov, Brian Korteling, and Liam Wales.
David Curtis chose Liam Wales – “St Giles on the Hill”
Marcus Dickey Horley chose Gennadiy Ivanov – “Autumn at Wensum River”
Amanda Geitner chose Brian Korteling – “Sovereign House”
Liam received an overwhelming share of the combined Exhibition and online vote for his works of art created at Elm Hill, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Castle, and Norwich Market.
The last one he completed in about half the 3 hours allotted! When members of the public realised that these were Plein Air works being done under almost exam conditions, yet amidst the challenges of the elements, public engagement, changing scenes, etc., many were amazed at the quality and range of the work. Indeed one went so far as to comment:
“it is the best art event in Norfolk this year”
Yorkshire-born Liam, now residing in Highgate, London, says that, for him:
“…the most useful lesson in learning how to draw was watching my father draw. He taught me how to look at things carefully. As an architect he had a quick fluid line which I have gratefully adopted and adapted… As well as drawing for my own pleasure, I enjoy a diversity of commissions from country house portraits to illustrating fashion collections. I often use watercolour, but prefer my simpler line work. I try to draw with a loose line that roams over the page, editing and describing as I go, with a keen eye for any quirky details. I like to work on the spot and spontaneity is important. I live in London next to Hampstead Heath. Its swimming ponds, woods and open countryside, are an oasis of calm surrounded by a jostling metropolis. It is this mix that I relish in my drawings – nature juxtaposed with the man made.”
Liam Wales – Paint Out Art
Liam produced two works of art as pen, ink and charcoal, another as mixed media, and one as pen only.
He began on Wednesday 22 October, in the morning, at Elm Hill, continuing in the afternoon on to Norwich Cathedral, where he chose a viewpoint within and of the cloisters.
On Thursday 23 October he had Norwich Castle and the Market as locations, at the former electing to use mixed media for his only coloured art work portraying a view of Norwich from the Castle’s perspective.
As many as 5,000 visitors flocked to the Exhibition of 110 works of art at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry between 23 October and 2 November to witness the finished pieces by the 28 selected participating artists across 7 local iconic and/or historic locations at Paint Out Norwich 2014. Hundreds of them also participated in the People’s Choice Award vote, which Liam has deservedly won.
Liam made the Eastern Daily Press (EDP) paper on the morning of 4 November and fuller coverage in their online EDP24edition.
One comment said:
“I am deeply envious of people who have this talent to draw or paint good pictures. Perhaps we could take the whole GoGo Gorillas initiative a stage further next year. Instead of putting gorillas around the city, for one year put up large-scale weatherproof prints of local city scenes by local people. “
Norwich Art Supplies
We are grateful to Norwich Art Supplies for sponsoring the People’s Choice Award at Paint Out Norwich 2014. Norwich Art Supplies were established in 1996 in the heart of Norwich, and pride themselves on offering a wide range of artistic supplies including several makes of oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, papers, print making supplies as well as drawing materials, sketch books, watercolour blocks Indian inks, gilding materials, brushes, solvents and many more. Check out their website.
Pauline Goldsworthy, co-owner of Norwich Art Supplies, said:
“We were flattered to be part of the first Paint Out Norwich
event, it is such an exciting idea for Norwich. We have had such a lot of great feedback in the shop, to say how engaging it has been and how lovely it was to see the artists at work, it has really grabbed the public’s interest and we would be very pleased to support it again in the future”.
The inaugural Paint Out Norwich competition saw a high standard of work among the over 100 entries by 28 artists at 7 locations spread across the 2 days of 22-23 October. A maximum allowed painting time of 3 hours for each canvas, very often ended up as less, with setting up, selecting a viewpoint and possibly changing their minds. Some artists managed more than one painting in a single session, another was able to knock off early!
“I have never seen people paint as a competitive sport before … it was astonishing to witness in the city … what really amazed us was that this brought together … pressure of time limit, pressure of light, pressure of constantly interacting with a public … to a deadline.” – Amanda Geitner, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts (SCVA)
The judges – Trevor Chamberlain, Colin Self, and Amanda Geitner, were “knocked sideways by the extraordinarily consistent, commanding quality of the works” and were absolutely in accord in their choices of winners. The competition brought an opportunity “to celebrate the tenacity of figurative painting, the skill and discipline of painting … experienced in the real.” – Amanda Geitner, SCVA
The Prizes and Winners
Haidee-Jo Summers, “Work to be Done” (#53)
First Prize, sponsored by Savills, went to Haidee-Jo Summers for her piece, “Work to be Done”, created outside the corner craft shop looking down Elm Hill, past the suddenly erected scaffolding and “road closed” signs that had appeared overnight and remained for just 24 hours. She wins £1000. Haidee is a veteran winner of Plein Air painting competitions across the country and has a track record of half a dozen prizes under her belt recently.
Chris Daynes, “The Watergate” (#8)
The Second Prize of £500, courtesy of The EDP, went to Chris Daynes for his oil painting at Pull’s Ferry called “The Watergate”.
Roy Connelly, “The Dark Entry” (#63)
Third Prize of £250, also courtesy of The EDP, went to Roy Connelly for his Norwich Cathedral doorway painting called “The Dark Entry”).
None of this would have happened without the generous overall sponsorship of Broadland Wines, printing courtesy of Ten Group‘s City College Norwich print room, and the tireless commitment of time and energy of our team and volunteers. A beautiful gesture was made by one of the artists, Wil Harvey, in order to appreciate the work of the volunteers, and he donated another one of his Norwich ink drawings to a draw-selected volunteer. Jeanette McCracken was the lucky winner and recipient.
Francesca Heathorn’s red “Phone boxes” (#72)
One of the judges, the artist Colin Self, said that he “couldn’t believe that somebody sitting their engaging with the real had made a work that to him transported him into a really hallucinogenic dream state”, there was something other worldly about it, he was struck powerfully by it, whatever the artist’s intention.
Simon Page’s “Marzanos – the Forum” (#106)
“With so many arresting, charming, extraordinary, transporting, views outside the city environment it was great that one of the artists pulled us up right short into a really direct encounter with bodies, with people, in the crush of an urban environment.” – Amanda Geitner
Cornelia Fitzroy’s “Crome Gallery” (#11) at Elm Hill
“Yours was the cool glass of water,… calm, clarity of … work” – Amanda Geitner
Auction and Exhibition
Some of the paintings sold at the Auction event, attended by nearly 200 people, within hours of the paintings being completed – indeed, many were not yet dry, and some may not be for days and weeks to come! Many have subsequently sold at the Exhibition which ran until 2 November at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry, however they all remained on display for the duration for viewing the winners, honourable mentions, and those still available for purchase. An online version of the exhibition will follow in due course.
Numbers, e.g., (#53), mentioned above relate to the painting numbers in the Exhibition gallery at the Hostry.
Applications for the inaugural Paint Out Norwich 2014 competition closed at midnight on 1 September.
We had an overwhelmingly positive response from artists near and far. Some 60 applications, about 60% from the broader East Anglia region and others from the rest of the UK and Europe, were received. International interest from farther afield, such as the United States, was also received and as the competition grows in future years we expect further artists to apply and expand the reach of the vision.
Partake or Spectate?
If you didn’t apply, don’t make the final cut, or are just interested in art and live painting en plein air, then why not come along and watch the competitors as they paint on Wednesday October 22 and Thursday, October 23 at the iconic and historic sites around Norwich including Pull’s Ferry, the Norwich Market, The Cathedrals, Elm Hill and the Norwich Castle.
Selection Panel & Process
Between September 1 and 21 the submitted artists were scrutinised by our panel of experts including Will Buckley, Rachel Campbell-Johnston, James Colman, Rev Dr Peter Doll, Mike King, and Stephanie Sinclair, in order to select not only the best, but a varied range of styles to make for an interesting and exciting competition that will appeal to both artists and appreciators of art.
Competing Artists Announced
Paint Out Norwich would like to announce that the following 31 artists have been selected to participate in the inaugural 2014 event:
John Behm, Timothy Betjeman, Bryony Birkbeck, Richard Bond, Patrick Boswell, Leon Bunnewell, Roy Connelly, Chris Daynes, Anthea Eames, Katie Falcon, Cornelia Fitzroy, Gerald Green, Mark Greenwood, Jane Hall, Wil Harvey, Francesca Heathorn, Tyga Helme, Mary Kallagher, Dan Llywelyn Hall, Chloe Mandy, Stephen Martyn, Elizabeth Monahan, Simon Page, David Pilgrim, Janet Poole, Michael P Richardson, Graham Rider, Haidee-Jo Summers, Mo Teeuw, Liam Wales, and Philip Wilkinson.
Congratulations to all of them for getting selected. Commiserations, also, to all those who did not make it this time – please try again next year. The quality and range of submitted previous art work was wonderful and led to difficult decisions for the selectors.