Third Prize

Emma by Antony Williams, March 2016 © Antony Williams

Emma
by Antony Williams, March 2016

Egg tempera on board
690 x 560mm

Third Prize: £8,000

Antony Williams studied at Farnham College and Portsmouth University. An established portrait artist, his work has been seen in solo exhibitions in London and Madrid and included in the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibitions and previously in BP Portrait Award exhibitions in 1995, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2014 and 2015. His portrait of Amartya Sen was commissioned for the National Portrait Gallery Collection.

Emma features Emma Bruce who had been modelling for Williams almost continuously for eleven years in his studio in Chertsey. The artist’s relationship with the sitter has developed over the years from that of being someone who was modelling for a painting to someone who has become a friend. Williams wanted to portray some of her vulnerability, but also the determination in her character where she is shown naked but at the same time is preventing the viewer from seeing her completely.

The judges felt that the artist’s intimate and distinctive technique lends the sitter’s form an almost sculptural density and solidity.


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Prize Winners

FIRST PRIZE
Breech!

by Benjamin Sullivan, January 2017

SECOND PRIZE
Double Portrait

by Thomas Ehretsmann, November 2016

YOUNG ARTIST AWARD
Gabi

by Henry Christian-Slane, 2017

THIRD PRIZE
Emma

by Antony Williams, March 2016

TRAVEL AWARD 2017
Jack

by Casper White, 2017