Cover Competition 2013
Thank you to everyone who entered and voted for this years Cover Competition. We are happy to announce that after placing third and second in previous years competitions, this year Sam Dolman has been voted winner! His entry 'Charlie' attracted a phenomenal number of votes and was by far the most popular entry! We are really looking forward to seeing Charlie on the cover of our Autumn/Winter catalogue! Also, a big congratulations to our two runners up, Krisztina Lencses and Peter Williams. Read more about our winners below...
Winner - Sam Dolman
Sam Dolman is an artist specializing in oil paintings of animals. Being based in the Peak District offers him countless opportunities to photograph nature. Cows have become his favourite subject, and certainly spending time with animals is often more enjoyable than the actual painting process!
The personality of each animal is always the most important thing to capture. Often with a humorous twist, he hopes to share his perception of the animal world with the viewer.
"I was born in Scunthorpe, England in 1980. I painted and drew throughout my childhood but went on to study accountancy, achieving my degree in 2002. After experiencing the business world for a few years, I decided that this was not the life for me. I then spent a period traveling Europe, before settling in Southern Spain and it was during this time that I began to pursue Art as a possible career path.
Hence I am essentially a self taught artist. My first paintings were of African sculptures and were sold at a local market in Spain. It was here that I began to take portrait commissions. Later, inspired by the scenery in Spain, I began to paint contemporary style landscapes, which helped me to get acquainted with the medium of oil paints. I sold over one hundred of these landscapes and seascapes worldwide.
In 2005 I returned to England, settling in Sheffield. The focus of my work changed again at this point, as I became inspired by the Peak District and in particular it’s inhabitants! It was purely accidental that I stumbled across some cows whilst out photographing the landscape. It was also my first real encounter with these animals, hence I didn’t know whether to run away or offer them grass! I soon became very fond of cows and they became my most common subject. I do of course enjoy many other farm yard animals as subjects, and there is often a pig or sheep on the easel too!
The most important thing to me is capturing the personality of the animal. Most of my paintings are done in a portrait style to enable me to get close, and hopefully help the viewer see their character. Being outside with the animals is probably more enjoyable than painting for me. When I can stand at a fence and get licked by a cow for no apparent reason, or when I can have piglets chasing each other around my ankles it makes me appreciate the gentle , intelligent and inquisitive nature of these animals. This is what I tend to focus on in many of my paintings.
My work is mainly sold in the UK and USA but I also have collectors in Japan, Thailand and Australia."
1st Runner Up - Krisztina Lencses
Krisztina is a uk based hungarian artist currently living in Exeter, Devon. Krisztina has been drawing and painting for more than 20 years starting her career back in Hungary. Krisztina never went to art school, she was a member of a local art society led by a famous artist, Albert Soltesz. At that time Krisztina had her first solo exhibition as well as other joint exhibitions.
In 2004 Krisztina moved to England. Here she joined the Exeter Art Society and has been a member for a number of years and has had a few joint exhibition with them. To take herself to another level Krisztina took an online course with Linda Huber, an american graphite pencil artist who she highly recommends to anyone who takes interest in drawing in the style of realism.
Krisztina paints and draws all subject matter: portraits, landscapes, still life, murals, etc. She creates her works in very detailed style mostly for commissions using many different mediums: oil, acrylic, graphite pencil, charcoal, gouache.
If you would like to see Krisztina works please visit her website: http://kriszlen.com/ or her Facebook page : Kriszlen Art https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Kriszlen-Art/140923792613805
2nd Runner Up - Peter Williams
'As Time Goes By’
"I am an entirely self taught UK artist, working out of my studio on the Suffolk coast where I live with my long term partner Jenny.
Born in 1952 I had a varied working life which included the regular British Army, college tutor, computer analyst and lorry driver. During these times I always found time to create art of some kind in my spare time. In 2002 I took the life changing step of becoming a full time artist, being commissioned as feature artist for Hertfordshire Life magazine before moving to the East coast of Suffolk in 2005.
I expected to make my living here from local landscapes and coastal scenes. However I soon realized that was what thousands of other local artists expected too, so I decided I would be better off finding a more niche area of the art market.
I now concentrate more on wildlife and figurative work, producing highly detailed, photo-realistic graphite or charcoal drawings as well as watercolour, pastel or mixed media pieces. I tend to aim for drama and vibrancy in my work. I like a picture to suggest a story or ask some questions.
With a strong on-line presence as well as exhibiting several times a year in real world galleries, I have developed a large following of collectors and enthusiasts from all continents.
I was honoured to be short listed for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist Of The Year award 2010 and 2011.
In 2012 I was invited to become one of a select group of British artists supplying images and original work to 'Artistic Britain' who produce a high quality range of wall art including canvas, glass and metallics, which is stocked in most of the major retail outlets in Britain and abroad."
More information and available work can be viewed online at http://www.mightyfineart.co.uk
See our Cover Competition 2013 Short List here