The private view was an electric event, with the gallery packed with
people enjoying the art adorning the
walls. Alan Walker, chairman of St
Cuthberts Mill, personally met and handed six well-deserving winners their prizes
with Hester Baldwin from Green & Stone.
Best in Show: Sophie Coe, with Mountain Waking
Highly Commended: Lindy Norton, with The Crossing
Young Artist: Amy Austin, with The Visitor
Original Print: Yin Wang, with The Company
Water Based Medium: Elena Stogneva, with The British Museum
Dry Based Medium: Curtis Holder, with Hirsute III
|Alan Walker (Chairman of St Cuthberts Mill), Sophie Coe (Winner),
Hester Baldwin (MD of Green and Stone)
BEST IN SHOW
The winning image is very powerful, can you tell more about the inspiration behind this and your series of mountain images?
“I’ve always loved mountains, whether walking or skiing through them, to me mountains feed the soul. I spent 15 days walking in the Himalayas, up to the base of Everest, back through the Gokyo Valley with its string of turquoise lakes and glaciers. The beauty and the enormity of it all gave me the energy to keep going. I climbed Kinabalu and Kilimanjaro, where you start in tropical rainforests and walk through the temperate zones up to snow and ice.
What I think this work communicates though, is the sense of stepping in on something otherworldly, something that is at odds with your entire worldview. I see it as a moment of distinct change, there was before this moment and there will be after this moment, but ultimately things are now different for both of the beings in this work. Lastly, the bird swooping down brings a glimpse of a world the viewer understands, and helps add a recognisable element to the work which otherwise is completely imagined.”
In the poem, Li relieves his loneliness by drinking with the moon and his own shadow, creating a trio. In my picture, however, the shadows remain more ambiguous, mysterious, and metaphorical, also forming a trio. These two companions are open to interpretation and may represent something different for each viewer. While the overall tone of the piece may seem depressing, it actually centres around 'the company'—whatever form it may take." - Yin Wang.
DRY BASED MEDIUM
|Alan Walker, Curtis Holder, Hester Baldwin