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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.
Watercolour & mixed media
71 x 52 cms
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Louise works in freestyle water colour, inks, and acrylics to bring realistic and imagined effects to her paintings. She has a passion for colour as well as modern interpretations of still life objects. She likes to use everyday subjects such as discarded shoes, boots and picked vegetables and turn them into larger-than-life representations of themselves. Strong, colour drenched images have distinct surreal qualities yet link to realism and nature.
Louise often uses gold leaf as a background to intimate pen and ink drawings of wildlife and local buildings. She is well known for her original thumbprint paintings - these are made up of several small images that connect to each other in subject and space to form one larger picture. Originally trained to teach art, Louise has worked in further education as a teacher and senior manager. More recently, for two consecutive years her paintings were selected for the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London. Her studio in Woking.