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Tenth year for the Harlow Open

Lifestyle / Sat 23rd Jan 2016 at 11:07am

THISHarlow Open is the tenth year for this highly anticipated event which only people related in some way to the town can be submit work for judging.

There were over 160 entries and a record number of artists submitting a selection of paintings,sculpture and photography. The exhibition includes 91 pieces of artwork in varying styles and subjects all unique and of a high standard. Last Saturday the judges Simon Davies, president of the National Portrait Society, and Jayne Knowles, Associate Dean of Wimbledon College, left us with the following comments about the pieces they selected for prizes and commendations chosen for their individual merit and what struck a chord with them.

Three commendations.

1. Jackie Chakravarti (Open 2013 winner) for the piece ‘View from the Train’. The works interesting and repeating composition intrigued the judges as well as it beautiful colour palette.
2. John Selling for the piece ‘Nude’ which the judges particularly admired the unique and quirky addition of a pair of shoes.
3. Angela Tribe for sculptural work ‘Goalie’ was chosen because it had been well modelled and captured the movement and energy of the subject.
The third prize went to Matt Solomon for ‘Construct 0-10’ this work drew in the judges with strong use of line and graphic imagery and they found its composition and colour highly compelling.

Second prize was awarded to collaborating artists Fiona Bennett and Mike Coombs for their installation entitled ‘On the Line’ with a Bakerlite phone complete with smells and sound. The judges found the investigation of the piece intriguing especially with its interactivity and subject of disappearing red phone boxes.

The ‘Best in Show’ was awarded to the popular artist Jane Stobart for her etching ‘Selecting the Bell Cast’. By being awarded best in show Jane won a cash prize and her own solo show next year. The judges greatly appreciated the detail and depth of the piece and the alluring subject matter. They also noted that the work was exquisitley observed and well drawn.

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