Jackson's Painting Prize 2023 Materials and Subject Award Winners Announced

In the first round of prize announcements for Jackson’s Painting Prize 2023, we are delighted to present the 4 Materials Award winners for the Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour and Dry Materials Awards, as well the 8 Subject Award winners for Portrait/Figure, Land/City/Seascape, Non-representational, Animal, Still Life, Botanical, Scenes of Everyday Life and Mind’s Eye Awards. Congratulations to the following artists who have each won £500 worth of Jackson’s Art materials.


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Jackson’s Painting Prize 2023
Materials Award Winners


Watercolour Award

Catherine MacDiarmid

Personal Space: Dancer, 2017
Catherine MacDiarmid
Watercolour on paper, 35 x 35 cm | 13.7 x 13.7 in


“I never seek to flatter, but rather to unveil hidden narratives and record situations the way I see or recall them, representing for me a memory, relationship, event, or even a feeling, making each piece very personal.

I may choose to produce each image in oils, watercolour or charcoal, as each one has individual qualities and challenges, and can express the image in different ways.”


Oil Award

Anna Kurkova

Three Magi, 2022
Anna Kurkova
Oil on paper, 152 x 101 cm | 59.8 x 39.7 in


“Three Magi are a visual interpretation of a timeless story of a call answered and joy celebrated. But this time the sky is clouded and the guiding star absent. An allegory for life’s journey, this pilgrimage is more personal, less structured, and perhaps without a set destination.”


Acrylic Award

David Kinsey

Untitled, 2010
David Kinsey
Acrylic on canvas, 11.8 x 19.2 cm | 30 x 40 in


“My artworks are incredibly laboured over with hours of studio time. I like the idea of them having gone through a type of epic trail, because I would like them to be an echo of moments of time that occur in one’s life.”


Dry Media Award

Kylie Sandford

Microcosm I, 2022
Kylie Sandford
Pastel on paper, 63.5 x 51 cm | 25 x 20 in


“Soft pastels are an ideal medium for capturing the textures, shapes and colours of lichens and mosses, rock and bark. I use a variety of techniques, including layering, blending, and painting with water, to create these richly detailed and impressionistic images on paper.”



Jackson’s Painting Prize 2023
Subject Award Winners


Scenes of Everyday Life Award

Robbie Bushe

Night Visitor, 2021
Robbie Bushe
Oil on panel, 40 x 50 cm | 15.7 x 19.6 in


“From May 2021 I made an observational drawing from our home garden each day as a participant in ‘100 Day Project Scotland’. These 100 drawings have formed the starting point of a series of narrative paintings and animations started in 2022.”


Mind’s Eye Award

Iain Andrews

Double Portion, 2022
Iain Andrews
Oil on canvas, 122 x 91 cm | 48 x 35.8 in


“I am interested in how stories are retold and re-imagined, and how the retelling alters and embellishes the original even as it seeks to render it vital and alive once again for a new audience.”


Botanical Award

Julia Asenbaum

Cibotium Glaucum, 2022
Julia Asenbaum
Watercolour on paper, 76 x 56 cm | 29.9 x 22 in


“Using watercolours I tried to capture every little detail of this otherworldly fern. The process of observing and painting felt like a journey to an alien landscape.”


Still Life Award

Li Ning

A Room of One’s Own, 2019
Li Ning
Oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm | 27.5 x 19.6 in


“I believe that a painter should look beyond their subject. Beyond it means, a painter ought to discover their subject’s potential to transcend its physical form.”


Animal Award

Rosie Phillips

Babs, 2023
Rosie Phillips
Oil on canvas, 9.4 x 9.4 cm | 24 x 24 in


“A miraculous moment of calm in my collie pup, following a very, very long walk.”


Non-representational Award

Petra Schott

And then she decided to take a bath, 2022
Petra Schott
Oil on canvas, 140 x 140 cm | 55.1 x 55.1 in


“This painting is an homage to the many works of Pierre Bonnard painting his wife taking a bath. He captures intimacy and sensuality – and this is what interested me in my painting too. Taking a bath means being with oneself, enjoying a calm, sensual moment in the fluid water medium, a moment with oneself.”


Land/City/Seascape Award

David Stewart

Tower Shadow, 2023
David Stewart
Oil on canvas, 137 x 182 cm | 53.9 x 71.6 in


“My landscape paintings address the tension between suburban and natural spaces in a contemporary context. As a painter originally from the West Coast of Canada, I am interrogating the legacy of Canadian landscape painters from a critical perspective that is conscious of my own European settler heritage.”


Portrait/Figure Award

Chris Longridge

Venus and Cupid, 2023
Chris Longridge
Oil on panel, 72 x 60 cm | 28.3 x 23.6 in


“Venus and Cupid is a domestic portrait that references mythology and baroque painting while employing a discontinuous composition that challenges straightforward interpretation.”



Upcoming Schedule:

People’s Choice Award, Amateur Artist Award, and Student Award Winners Announced: 13th April

Jackson’s Painting Prize 2023 Winner Announced: 14th April

Affordable Art Fair Hampstead: 10th – 14th May

Bankside Gallery: 24th – 30th July



Josephine Zentner

Josephine is Partnerships Coordinator at Jackson’s, which involves overseeing projects with artists and arts organisations; in addition to running our annual competition, Jackson’s Painting Prize. She paints semi-surreal landscapes inspired by furniture design in acrylic and oil.

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