The Columbia Threadneedle Prize continues to be the most prestigious and lucrative award for contemporary figuartive art in the UK and Europe to date.
This year, after much soul searching and deliberation, I entered three of my best paintings and was thrilled to discover that 'FLOWN' made the final selection!
Some 1,973 artists entered the competition in 2015 from as many as 29 European countries and 93 works were chosen for the exhibition in February 2016 at the Mall Galleries by a panel of four expert judges;
Emma Crichton-Miller, a writer, journalist and television producer making arts and science documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4;
David Dawson, a painter and personal friend to Lucien Freud who also painted him; Dr Arturo Galansino, Director General of Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in Florence and Dr Tim Knox, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
To be part of an exhibition of such exceptional range and quality was true honour for me which will stay with me for a very long time and I take enormous pride in the fact that my work hung in the Mall Galleries for a full fortnight and is included in the 'Figurative Art Today' 2016 exhibition catalogue, which is an important and lasting record of the event.