Friday, August 17, 2007

Short listed for the Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander / Sunday Times watercolour Exhibiition

Permanently Temporary, watercolour on paper, 2007

Here is the exciting news I promised a few days ago. During my trip to the states I was informed that I had been short listed for the Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander / Sunday times watercolour Exhibition. The award winners will be announced on the Sunday the 26th 0f August in the Sunday Times (London). This is the largest watercolour competition in Britain so to be selected is an honour, but to be short listed for a prize is beyond belief. The painting (illustrated above) was painted in Marrakesh and you can find more information about it here;

2007 Prize Winners

The following artists have been short listed for the six prizes on offer in the 2007 exhibition:

Julia Farrer
Gordon McDowall
Angus McEwan RSW
Jennifer McRae
Wladyslaw Mirecki
David Prentice

The six prizes are:
1st Prize
2nd Prize
4 further prizes of

Exhibition History
Kaupthing Singer &Friedlander Group PLC and the Sunday Times started the competition in 1988, to encourage the use of watercolour and water based media painting among both amateur and professional artists. Along with this aim, the sponsors also wanted to reward drawing ability and skill demonstrated in the use of these media.
Now in its twentieth year, the competition continues to support and encourage diversity and each year the distinguished panel of judges look to select works that embrace this distinctive medium.
The 2006 competition attracted just under 1200 works from which 181 were selected for exhibition

Exhibition & Tour Dates

The Mall Galleries, London, 12 - 22 September 2007
Following the London exhibition the show will tour to Manchester:
Sculpture Hall, Manchester Town Hall, 9 - 20 October 2007

The judges will be looking for work which makes the most imaginative or otherwise impressive use of a water based medium. The judges' decision will be final and binding. No correspondence will be entered into.
The 2007 judges will include:
Brian Allen - Director of Studies at the Paul Mellon Institute
Peter Blake RA - Artist
Carol Robertson - Artist
Dr Joanna Selborne - Curator Prints & Drawings, Cortauld Institute of Art
Dr Frank Whitford - Art Critic for The Sunday Times

Kaupthing Bank acquired Singer & Friedlander Group Plc in July 2005. Kaupthing Bank is a Nordic bank with headquarters in Reykjavik, Iceland. The acquisition of S&F represented a strategic move in Kaupthing's efforts to establish a presence in the British financial market. Kaupthing Bank are delighted to be supporting the Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition.

Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander / Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition, Wed 12-Sep-2007 to Sat 22-Sep-2007Now celebrating twenty years of this exhibition discovering the diversity and beauty of the frequently undervalued medium of watercolour. Abstract, figurative and landscape pieces in any water soluble medium are celebrated in this exhibition taken from a nationwide competition. Admission free

Monday, August 13, 2007


'On the brink', watercolour on paper 2007

My website

has, after many years, been updated. Absolutely shocking stuff, but its taken me a long time to sit down and update the site. Not sure, but it seems a little slow do download, maybe you could let me know. I think it just needs the cookies downloaded and it will appear a wee bit faster, but what do I know?

Also there is some exciting news, but I wont let the cat out of the bag yet. Come back in a couple of days and I shall let you know whats going on in the land of haggis and neaps!