Second Prize

Silence
by Bo Wang, 2015
Tempera on board
1000 x 1160mm

Second Prize: £10,000

Chinese artist Bo Wang is a lecturer at Suzhou University of Science and Technology in Jiangsu. He studied at the Ilia Repin St Petersburg Academic Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture and has exhibited at the National Art Museum of China, in Beijing, and the Xinjiang International Exhibition Centre.

Bo’s portrait depicts his grandmother lying on the hospital bed a month before she died, while she was in the terminal stages of cancer and losing her ability to speak. He says: ‘Sometimes she tilted her head and looked at me. There was too much emotion in her eyes to be expressed in words. I almost forgot about painting techniques or any specific style, just trying to use my brushes to communicate silently with my grandma. I can strongly feel the state of a dying life when I think of her eyes.’

The judges described the work as ‘a moving and deeply affecting portrait.’

 




Prize Winners

FIRST PRIZE
Girl in a Liberty Dress

by Clara Drummond, 2016

SECOND PRIZE
Silence

by Bo Wang, 2015

THIRD PRIZE
Hugo

by Benjamin Sullivan, 2016

YOUNG ARTIST AWARD
Dad Sculping Me

by Jamie Coreth, 2016

TRAVEL AWARD 2016
Petras

by Laura Guoke, 2016