Three talented artists scooped the prizes at the Jack Goldhill Painting Prize showcase and prize giving event. Michael Goldhill, instigator of the painting prize, made the presentations to the winners at an event held at the Zabludowicz Collection in Chalk Farm North London.
Ben Walker won first prize for his work “To be given your sight.” Michael Goldhill presented him with a cheque for £5,000. Delighted to have won Ben commented: “Winning this wonderful award gives me the confidence to forge ahead and create new work.”
Jenny Nicholson took the second prize worth £3,000 for her work “Waverley Skylight.” She studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. She said: “I have always been interested in the visual arts, social care and working with people.” As a result she is studying for an MSc in Art Therapy at Queen Margaret University and hopes to qualify as an art psychotherapist in 2013.
Joshua Gluckstein a second year fine art painting student at the University of Brighton walked off with the third prize of £1,000 for “Victor.” He has always enjoyed capturing the likeness of a subject and this has led to a love of portraiture. Commenting on his win Joshua said: “This is amazing – the most wonderful feeling in the world!”
The Jack Goldhill Painting Prize was created to commemorate the life of the business man and philanthropist Jack Goldhill, celebrating his enormous contribution to the arts in the UK. His son Michael Goldhill says: “Throughout his life my father sought to encourage and support British artists in practical ways. We hope that this prize, in his name, will continue that initiative.” The prizes were donated by the Goldhill Family Charitable Trust.
The competition was open to UK based amateur and professional artistsworking in paint, watercolours, ink, oils, acrylic and other wet media, aged 18 or over. Artists were invited to submit up to three pieces of their work. More than 300 pieces of work were submittted by artists from across the UK.
The high profile judging panel consisted of: Michael Goldhill, son of Jack Goldhill; Jeremy Andrews, artist and BP Portrait Award exhibitor; Sara Berman, fashion designer; Melanie Clore, chairman of Sotheby’s Europe; Judy Goldhill, artist; Dawn Rowland, sculptor.