Posted Thursday, 6 April, 2017 by Isabel Langtry

HSoA Principal Judges The Friends of Holland Park Annual Open Exhibition

Holland Park Annual Open Exhibition 2017
The Judging Experience 2017 by Isabel H Langtry

It was a pleasure to Judge the 2017 ‘The Friends of Holland Park Annual Open Art Exhibition’.

The exhibition was beautifully displayed; I appreciate the great care, attention and energy that putting together such an exhibition demands from its coordinators, thank you.

A range of exciting media and materials were on display, giving me the opportunity to enjoy looking at a rich, varied, mix of artworks including prints, photographs, painting, ceramics, glass, drawings, 3D and decorative jewelry.

Malgorzata Lapsa-Malawska was awarded in the Artistic Excellence category for her painting 'If a Tree Falls in a Forest' oil on linen canvas, showing great painting skill and a poetic use of narrative.

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Malgorzata Lapsa-Malawska, 'If a Tree Falls in a Forest' Oil on Linen

I am delighted that the Sir Hugh Casson Drawing Prize was awarded to Jennifer Blackburn for her beautiful drawing with paint, an artwork called 'Beyond the Sky' using acrylic and ink.

The Sculpture Prize was awarded to Angela Wilkes for 'Bull' modeled in stoneware and beautifully glazed to create a spirited beast reminiscent of the romantic Spanish natural style.

And I was delighted to offer the Hampstead School of Art Prize in Applied Arts to Anne Musso for her delicate capture of plants in porcelain her artwork called 'Lamp', a vertical meadow.    

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Anne Musso 'Lamp' Porcelain 

Highly commended were Kye Sook Park for her work in the browser which offered a beautiful range of life drawings in the expressive minimal line style alongside excellent prints and Judith Gordon particularly for her painting 'The Dark Hedges' a lovely use of dense and atmospheric watercolour.

Mary Romer Greenfield
for her painting 'Rainbow Steps' a composition with a secret narrative of striking colours and skillfully optimistic. Ihor Ropyanyk 'Wildflowers' for the masterly use of oils with palette knife. Salina Thomas 'A slice of Galicia' its Atlantic waves pulsating with life. Nadhira Benaissa for the photograph of 'Holland Park Ice House' - so good to see this local landmark so beautifully captured. Russell Mack whose skillful ceramics work are so alluring. Hazel Leach showing both paintings and ceramics.  Alex Longmore shows us how flowers and ceramics work so well together, thank you. Susan Bagner with her beautifully crafted and controlled slumped glass. Rosamund Lyons also sharing beautifully colourful glass with us.

A special mention at the awards evening was made for all the artists who exhibited, I congratulate you all for submitting work, its a brave and generous thing to do, contributing to an excellent exhibition and supporting an event that makes such a valuable contribution to our London community.

I noted with pleasure the presence of diverse drawing which delights me, the root of all our inspiration.

Please continue your practice with vigor, I look forward to seeing your new work alongside new submitters in the exhibition next year.

 A very special thanks to those of you who buy the artworks, your patronage makes these events possible and gives the event such a special buzz, as well as making an important contribution to the excellent work of The Holland Park Society.

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