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Surrey Artist of the Year 2021

25 September to 6 November 2021

Surrey Artist of the Year 2021

Come and vote for your favourite Surrey artist and support the local talent with us.

The Surrey Artist of the Year competition is a partnership between the New Ashgate and the Surrey Artists Open Studios to celebrate the wealth of creative talent in Surrey. Starting in 2009; this aspirational exhibition offers a collective of local quality arts and craft as voted for by the public during open studio visits. The top scoring artists come together for a programme of events. There is a wide variety of artworks on show, including different materials and techniques such as painting, glass, textiles, ceramics, collage / assemblage book and paper art.

Again, during the exhibition, until 22th October, 12noon, members of the public are encouraged to vote for an artist; and the artist with the most votes from public and judging panel, is named Surrey Artist of the Year 2021 on 22nd at 7pm. The winner receives a bursary of £1,500, a solo show at the New Ashgate Gallery and a complementary Winner's Stand at the Surrey Contemporary Art Fair.

The shortlisted artists in 2021 are: Sophie Artemis, Monique Birley, Sarah Cox, Penny Fleet, Keira Graham, Penny Green, Hilary Jones, Yeside Linney, Alison Orchard, Stephen Pitchforth, Sue Ransley, Louise Rowe, Jo Shepherd, Jessica Stroud, Dawn Thornhill and Jean Tolkovsky.

The season includes workshops for adults, families and artists - please contact us for information.

The competition is organised by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with the Surrey Open Studios. It is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust and Contemporary Art Fairs. The Surrey Life magazine, which has a monthly section dedicated to the local art scene, is the official media partner of the competition.

Stephen Pitchforth

Impermanence 1, 2021

Watercolour

Ref: 111168

76 x 86.75 cms

Not For Sale

Stephen Pitchforth

Stephen's paintings are abstracts in watercolour and pastel. The abstract mosaics comprise up to ten thousand painted marks, identical in size but enormously varied in colour. They required strict periods of up to twenty hours in the studio, spread over three days, painting in total silence. The result is a fascinating, intricate image that is simultaneously a record of its own creation.

The column paintings explore the energy of repeated colour sequences, or Colour Rhythms, and often reflect the overtones of impermanence in the colours of autumn, or in the oxidisation of metal.

Stephen lived in Cranleigh for nearly 40 years and painted at his studio. Very sadly he recently passed away, but his work will provide a lasting memory of his talent and his dedication to his art.

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