Winner of The Harley Prize is the painter Jéréme Crow with his piece ‘Dom with Indian Yellow’. Jéréme can now look forward to staging his work in a solo show at the gallery in 2019.
He said: “This is incredible news, I am absolutely thrilled to have my painting recognised in this way by the judges and especially considering all the other exceptional works in the exhibition. I had been eagerly looking forward to entering the Harley biennial open for some time and to be selected to have my painting on display within only yards of The Portland Collection and works by some of the greatest painters from the history of art is the greatest award.”
Describing his work, he said: “I am concerned with the techniques and craftsmanship of familiar paintings and how the secondary image reproduced in print or digital media omits the artists’ labour. By translating these images into paint, I am able to explore the original artists’ creation to develop an intimate relationship with their painting process.”
Winner of the Judge’s Prize is Emma Fineman with her painting ‘R.R Woman’. Emma was born in 1991 in Berkeley, California and is currently living and working in London, where she is on the Master in Arts Degree Course in Painting at the Royal College of Art.
Holger Martin (Nottingham), who received a Judges’ Commendation for his photograph, Main Pool, taken at the now demolished Beechdale Baths in Nottingham, said: “Being part of the Harley Open provides fantastic exposure for my work to a large audience visiting the gallery, especially as the Open combines with the permanent exhibition and the inspiring work by last time winner Olivier Leger. What I really like about open exhibitions is the way they bring together work made in different media, allowing viewers to compare and contrast how subject matters are tackled. Having received a Judges’ Commendation this year is the icing on the cake.”
Nicola Davison-Reed, a photographer working from a natural light studio in Tuxford, was awarded The School of Artisan Food Prize for her photographic piece #TheDance. The Commendation from The School of Artisan Food went to Isabelle Priest, of north Lincolnshire, for her photograph entitled ‘Reflections’.
Staffordshire based Lois Wallace, winner of the Welbeck Farm Shop Prize with her painting ‘Secret Place’, is a contemporary painter who trained at the Slade School of Art. She has exhibited in Berlin, Brussels, New York, Spain, London and many other cities. Her work is in public and private collections in the U.K. Europe and New Zealand. Clay Smith, (Derbyshire), was winner of the Storycatcher’s prize, for his photographic piece ‘Mediterranean Gothic’
Judges selected the best 103 pieces from more than 750 entries received by the gallery on the Welbeck Estate, near Worksop to go on display in the Harley Open exhibition running until 20th August.
As well as the chance to see the prize winning work, visitors can also nominate their favourite piece for The ‘People’s Prize’ of £250 sponsored by Child First at Welbeck to be announced at the end of the exhibition. For more information visit www.harleygallery.co.uk.