Paint Out Norwich 2017 Prize Awards & Winning Paintings

Paint Out Norwich 2017 Winners, Photo by Simon Finlay
Paint Out Norwich PON2017 Exhibition. Photo © Katy Jon Went
Paint Out Norwich PON2017 Exhibition. Photo © Katy Jon Went

Paint Out Norwich 2017 saw over 200 works of art created by 37 artists, each in under 3 hours, across 3 days of Indian summer weather around the city. Wednesday night saw the Private View and Awards event packed out with a buzz around the unconventional yet contemporary, white-walled shelving, curated display of mostly unframed artworks.

The ‘raw’, fresh off the easel, look embraces the fact that many of the paintings are literally still ‘wet’ and are sold to art lovers, in a giant white pizza-style box, as if freshly baked. Unlike other competitive reality shows and events, Paint Out is uncontrived, unpredictable, spontaneous public theatre, where you can truly ‘experience art, live!’

“2017 has been our most exciting year yet, not only in terms of the quality produced, but its diversity, and I have been blown away by the enthusiasm of the artists taking part. The event is as much about the art as the artists connecting with each other and the local community – they get three days of intensive art experience in a competitive environment, leaving as better artists, and with friends for life, and Norwich gains a living record of three days in October.” – James Colman

Paint Out Norwich 2017 Judges

Paint Out Norwich 2017 Winner Eloise O'Hare with Katy Jon Went and Marcus Dickey Horley, Photo by Simon Finlay
Paint Out Norwich 2017 Winner Eloise O’Hare with Katy Jon Went and Marcus Dickey Horley, Photo by Simon Finlay

The judges on the night, all of whom have links to Norwich or Norfolk, were Marcus Dickey-Horley (Curator of Access and Public Programmes who has worked at a number of major London galleries), Hugh Pilkington (Cley16 curator), and artist John Wonnacott, who also delivered a fascinating art talk “Confronting Appearances” during the week long celebration of art and plein air competition.

The judging is a critical part of the event bringing an edgy critique, educative commentary, and varied views of the paintings by art world specialists. The independent judges had to agree on the overall winner and individual media category winners. They were also able to nominate a commendation in their own right for a Judge’s Award prize from Cass Art:

  • Marcus Dickey Horley, judge’s choice – Paul Alcock from Southend-On-Sea, “Looking Back”, at Mousehold Heath
  • Hugh Pilkington, judge’s choice – Richard Bond of Norwich, “Indian Summer”, also at Mousehold Heath
  • John Wonnacott, judge’s choice – Susan Field, also of Norwich, “Communication”, at Norwich Market

Overall Winner, Eloise O’Hare

Paint Out Norwich 2017 Winner Eloise O'Hare, Photo by Simon Finlay
Paint Out Norwich 2017 Winner Eloise O’Hare, Photo by Simon Finlay

First Prize of £500, donated by Leathes Prior, went to Norwich resident Eloise O’Hare for her watercolour and ink large painting of Norwich Station’s railway tracks, “Keeping Track of Time”. Eloise previously won Third Prize in 2015. Last Saturday, she also painted the spectators walking past and arriving at the VIP Directors entrance of the Norwich City v Hull City football match, at which some fans were wearing vintage Colman’s shirts. Ed Balls and Delia Smith, among others, feature in the painting and Delia came over to see herself in the large format painting. It was also on show in the Cathedral Hostry 19-28 October, alongside the competition paintings.

Media Category Winners

Further prizes, sponsored by Strutt & Parker, were awarded in each of 5 categories:

OilsEmily Faludy of Peckham, London, “Morning Illumination” on Riverside. Emily only went full-time as an artist 4 months ago and was “shocked but said that “life should be one long painting trip”.

WatercolourAndrew Horrod, of Sutton in Surrey, “Five Past Four, Gunton Building”, painted outside NUA.

Mixed & Other Media (Acrylic, Pastel etc)Ginny Bain, of Norwich, “Safety Railings onto the Wensum”, from Riverside

Illustration & PrintingBeverley Coraldean, who studied at Norwich School of Art and Design, “Café Britannia ~ A Sunny October Afternoon”, from Mousehold Heath. Beverley uses “a combination of architectural perspective drawings, detailed cityscapes and hand-drawn type to explore [her] love for cities”.

NocturnesRobert Nelmes, who also won the Royal Norfolk Show 2017 Paint Out, of Roydon near Diss, “Sasha Eating His Chips”, outside Grosvenor Fish Bar.

Additional Prizes

Paint Out Norwich PON2017 Exhibition. Photo © Katy Jon Went
Paint Out Norwich PON2017 Exhibition of 150 plein air paintings. Photo © Katy Jon Went

Further art material prizes were sponsored by Cass Art and Norwich Art Supplies including the judge’s commendations, above. 

The Spirit of Plein Air award once again went to Norfolk-based American artist John Behm for his watery endeavour, positioning himself in kilt and bare feet in the River Wensum to get the best angle of view to paint Bishop’s Bridge.

A further prize, the Spirit of Norwich, was awarded to Alex Atkinson for his “Under the Elm” on Elm Hill. The artist, who lives in Norwich, clearly knows his city well.

Paul Gadenne, who travelled up from Kent, as in past years, just to join in the public paint out, won the public entry prize for the Ketts Heights and Mousehold Heath event on Sunday, for his painting “Norwich Cathedral”.

Paint Out is an art event aiming to redefine 21st century en plein air art practice, evolving the genre to reflect our contemporary world. We are ambitious in our aim to deliver the most innovative plein air art event in the UK, where artists, collectors and public observers are all treated to a dynamic live art experience.” – James Colman

The paintings remained on view at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry as part of the Hostry Festival and Paint Out exhibition until 28 October. Over 8,000 people saw the 150+ paintings, with some 30 artworks selling. Exhibition visitors chose the pastel work of art “Red Beret” by artist John Patchett as their Public Vote Choice

Artist John Patchett, 'The Red Beret', Norwich Market, Pastel, 50x32cm, £425 SOLD. Photo © Katy Jon Went

Artist John Patchett, ‘The Red Beret’, Norwich Market, Pastel, 50x32cm, £425 SOLDSee more of the paintings and artworks from the competition week in our online art gallery.

Artist Liam Wales wins People’s Choice Award at Paint Out Norwich 2014

Paint Out Norwich People's Choice Award EDP 4 Nov 2014

People’s Choice Award Winner – Liam Wales

Artist Liam Wales
Artist, Liam Wales

The People’s Choice Award, £250 of arts materials sponsored by Norwich Art Supplies of St Benedict’s Street, has been won by artist Liam Wales.

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”

Liam Wales with his final finished work in half the time
Liam Wales with his final finished work in half the time

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.

PON14 Painting #27 Liam Wales, Elm Hill, pen, ink & charcoal
Elm Hill by Liam Wales, pen, ink & charcoal #PON14

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.

PON14 Painting #55 Liam Wales
Cloisters, Norwich Cathedral, by Liam Wales, pen, ink & charcoal #PON14
PON14 Painting #83 Liam Wales, Norwich from the Castle, mixed media
Norwich from the Castle by Liam Wales, mixed media #PON14

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.

EDP Coverage

Paint Out Norwich People's Choice Award EDP 4 Nov 2014
Paint Out Norwich People’s Choice Award, EDP, 4 Nov 2014

Liam made the Eastern Daily Press (EDP) paper on the morning of 4 November and fuller coverage in their online EDP24 edition.

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

Norwich Art Supplies
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”.

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