Final Shortlisted Artists

If you are interested in supporting the artists and the festival by buying their work please email James Glennie: artprize@holtfestival.org

The judges were extremely impressed by the range of work in this year's shortlist and the command of materials and techniques used. Their difficulty in choosing an overall winner was reflected by their decision to select a further shortlist of seventeen from which four were selected as highly commended and eight from the Sworders Art Prize with two hightly commended. These artists are listed below.

Sir John Hurt Artprize - Winner

Eleanor Wood Eleanor Wood
Realignments 2
Watercolour, waxed paper and oil on paper
357cm x 57cm
£1,450

Within my works on paper colour is applied in a highly diluted form in superimposed layers, each being allowed to dry before being overlaid by another. The colour is painted onto the back of the paper and, because of the highly absorbent nature of the particular paper used, it soaks through to appear on the front, forming a soft and blurred subtle edge around the central geometric form. The relationship between the front and back of the work is further established by scoured lines and by pinpricks, which are used in addition to pencil marks to demarcate and to divide.


Highly Commended *


Guy AllenGuy Allen
Full Moon
Etching
57cm x 57cm framed
£450
framed + £45 p+p
£350
unframed + £15 p+p

In March 2020, Guy settled into isolation in his Norfolk studio. He started to look at the moon.

‘We had such amazingly clear spring skies. I became fascinated by the moon. Away from the pressure of daily routine and commitments. I had time and space. It was so completely different. I suddenly had an opportunity to create a totally new piece of work. The moon became my subject.’


Allman ChristineChristine Allman
Shadow
Egg tempera on gesso
18cm x 24cm
£650

This work is derived from a sketch on the WInterton on the Norfolk coastline on a cold winter’s day in February. The remembered experience of the day and the resulting sketch provided a catalyst for imagination. My current work pivots between the viewed physical world of nature’s mystery and the evidence of human occupation. The multiple layering of translucent colour tone and texture and dreamlike quality of egg tempera enhance the creative process and imagination revealing the final image. I am led step by step along an unknown path eventually to produce something much greater than oneself.


Diana AshdownDiana Ashdown
Five Rows of Mostly Wild Small Things
Mixed technique print on eco print paper using plant material
35cm x 23.5cm
Red Dot
£170 unframed + p+p
2 prints available

This print embraces the idea of collecting and preserving plant material, as the Victorian plant hunters were invested in, for me this evokes a memory of place and time. I printed this sun print onto my eco printed khadi paper, (eco printing uses the colour from plants), each print in this small run is unique. I have added text relating to the species of the flowers to in a sense ground them.


David Cass David Cass *
Forty Two Percent
Oil and varnishes on copper boiler
79cm x 70cm x 28cm
£3,000

From the series Rising Horizon (exploring the topic of sea rise).


Collins DallasDallas Collins *
Horrizon
Origami water balloons and coloured pastels
117cm x 117cm x 8cm
£850

The human eye can see a set number of megapixels in one view point of 120 degrees. I used an image from NASA’s Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) project to pinpoint an object of dim light that's 800 million light years after the Big Bang. The picture is built up of 576 origami balloons, each one individually coloured. The intention is to visualise a moment in time that does not exist anymore. The image we see is a world of creation, a sublime mathematical anomaly that can only exist within our own perceived visual imagination. 


Adrian Eckersley Adrian Eckersley  *
We Are Watching Over You #2
Oil on plywood panel
64cm x 104cm
Red Dot


Susan Fraser Susan Fraser
Museum Pieces
Acrylic on canvas
43.6cm x 53.8cm
NFS

This is part of a series of paintings I am currently working on, on the theme of memory. It was inspired by my former career as a museum curator, and includes items from the collections I cared for. I hope it might inspire thoughts of how objects can help us to remember their original makers and owners, and to celebrate and understand their lives, whilst reflecting on changes in human culture and values over the centuries.


Nick Gear Nick Gear
Yellow Circle
[With Time – after Pousette-Dart]

Plaster block with oak gall ink and watercolour
38.5cm x 38.5cm
£440

Using the materiality of the environments I’ve walked, handmade oak gall ink along with watercolour paint, has transformed as if by alchemy the surface of a plaster block. Plaster because it can be incised, as if harrowing a track, and become an indexical record of the theatre of memory, a performance, the ritual of making. Plaster because it links to the work of Whiteread, Hepworth and Moore. The work straddles the disciplines of sculpture, drawing, painting considering like the artist Pousette-Dart the notions of the circle as absolute truth, wholeness, which I experience when engaging with landscape.


NickGear Nick Gear
Black Circle
[With Time – after Pousette-Dart]

Plaster block with oak gall ink and watercolour
38.5cm x 38.5cm 
£440

Using the materiality of the environments I’ve walked, handmade oak gall ink along with watercolour paint, has transformed as if by alchemy the surface of a plaster block. Plaster because it can be incised, as if harrowing a track, and become an indexical record of the theatre of memory, a performance, the ritual of making. Plaster because it links to the work of Whiteread, Hepworth and Moore. The work straddles the disciplines of sculpture, drawing, painting considering like the artist Pousette-Dart the notions of the circle as absolute truth, wholeness, which I experience when engaging with landscape.


Rosie Greenhalgh Rosie Greenhalgh
Diamond Road Bakery NR6 6AN
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 60cm
£900

These silos were the remaining legacy of a once large and thriving bakery on an industrial estate in Norwich. However huge production plants, with established practices of working couldn’t respond quickly enough to meet the needs of consumers tempted by supermarket fresh bread bakeries and the emergence of local artisan bakers. The road and very foundations seem to collapse as paint drips down the canvas, into an empty white void undermining the foundations of an industry now lost.


Wendy Kimberley Wendy Kimberley
Urban Footprint
Acrylic on canvas
40cm x 40cm
Red Dot

Painted during covid-19 pandemic. Finding local walks due to lockdown. Wanted to explore where Cotman and Norwich school of painters created scenes at Postwick on outskirts of Norwich. Instead found this scene beneath the A47 with beautiful graffiti. It reminded me of cave paintings and how art is and always has been an essential form of self-expression and a way to interpret the world around us.


Lucas Leon Rojas Lucas León Rojas
What are We?
Analog inking and digital paint
Printed on Canon fine art semi-matte 260gms paper with Epson Ultra Chrome K3 ink
Exclusive edition for Holt Festival - certified and signed
64cm x 64cm
€470

The infant arrives at the world by crossing the door, open himself up to infinite possibilities, where the unknown will forever be such. The landscape mutates, the strangeness moves them. The dialogue of the masks, open their eyes, knowing themself fictions, and contemplate unlimited discovery.


Peter Norton Peter Norton
Skyfall
Photographic print - Limited Edition of 15  mounted on aluminium dibond
100cm x 100cm
£850
dibond mounted inc p+p
£550
unmounted in p+p

Skyfall is taken on the River Ant, it is a riot of shimmering plant colour, unrecognisably abstract in the rippling water, with the blue sky crashing through sublime Norfolk’s ethos is taking abstract images from nature without photo-shopping.


Chrissie Richards Chrissie Richards
Flowers for my Love
Mixed media
30cm x 30cm
Red Dot

Richly textured mixed media painting on board in a white float frame.


Carl Rowe Carl Rowe
Old Mortar
Screen Print edition of 10
70cm x 50cm
£250
unframed + p+p

Limited edition 5-colour screen-print on Fabriano Rosapina paper, printed by the artist


Andi Sapey Andi Sapey
Bound
Photograph edition of 20
42cm x 59.4cm
Red Dot£200 framed

BOUND-a Photo Essay- “all the ways in which we are bound to now”
A collaborative work between Other Dance.Art (Hannah Ashmore Art Direction, Dancer Ashton Hall) Photographer Andi Sapey.
As two dance artists explore the restriction of their current space and time we cross the boundaries of photography, performance and installation.
The body becomes art in and of itself and in this BOUND moment we create a new visual language as we communicate the emotions of being right here BOUND to now.


Andi Sapey Andi Sapey
Bound
Photograph edition of 20
42cm x 59.4cm
Red Dot£200 framed

BOUND-a Photo Essay- “all the ways in which we are bound to now”
A collaborative work between Other Dance.Art (Hannah Ashmore Art Direction, Dancer Ashton Hall) Photographer Andi Sapey.
As two dance artists explore the restriction of their current space and time we cross the boundaries of photography, performance and installation.
The body becomes art in and of itself and in this BOUND moment we create a new visual language as we communicate the emotions of being right here BOUND to now.


Andi Sapey Andi Sapey
Bound
Photograph edition of 20
42cm x 59.4cm
Red Dot£200 framed

BOUND-a Photo Essay- “all the ways in which we are bound to now”
A collaborative work between Other Dance.Art (Hannah Ashmore Art Direction, Dancer Ashton Hall) Photographer Andi Sapey.
As two dance artists explore the restriction of their current space and time we cross the boundaries of photography, performance and installation.
The body becomes art in and of itself and in this BOUND moment we create a new visual language as we communicate the emotions of being right here BOUND to now.


RachelShaw Ashton Rachel Shaw Ashton *
Remember Now
Hand cut Paper, spray paint, pins, foam board
87cm x 67cm
£900

Castellated tower blocks mimic sandcastles, inside all manner of goings on take place. Outside wild animals wander freely as they reclaim the newly deserted streets.


Sworders Artprize - Winner

SW Alexander GraceGrace Alexander 
Self-Image
Oil paint on MDF board
33cm x 50cm
Red Dot

A piece about self-image in the social media age, and the conflict between our external image and our internal image.


Highly Commended *


Felix AllenFelix Allen 
Honey
Oil on board
122cm x 67.5cm
£600

A person and somebody they care about.


Ross Brooks Ross Brooks *
The Old Study
Acrylic paint
59.4cm x 84.1cm
NFS

The piece of artwork was inspired by focusing on light and dark as part of my 6th Form College final piece. The course work theme I chose was “worn out”, and the artwork was completed over a period of 2 -3 months from direct observation. I used the golden ratio/1:1.68 composition rule to form my painting. I was inspired to use items from around my home that caught my attention, and also individual items with an antique feel from college resources.


Joe Delaney Joe Delaney 
Summer at Home
Oil and acrylic on MDF board
21cm x 26cm
NFS

A landscape I painted at the start of summer, I wanted to capture the organic flowing forms of the British countryside.


Veronica Mclain de Vera Veronica Mclain de Vera *
Our Future at a Glance
Oil on canvas
52cm x 42cm
Red Dot

This thought-provoking oil painting depicts one of the most important global issues: climate change. With a series of pictures in pictures, this painting shows the seemingly endless journey in tackling the issue. The serious tone of the subject is juxtaposed with eye-catching elements such as ice-cream to represent melting glaciers and jellyfish surrounded by floating plastics to depict ocean pollution. Although appealing to the innocent and the ones who will be most affected by the crisis, the big question is: “Will we just let our next generation watch it all happen before their eyes or shall we act now?" 


Sally RobertsSally Roberts *
Quarantine
Oil on canvas
70cm x 50cm
NFS

 


Symis EmiliaEmilia Symis *
Lockdown Diet
Acrylic on canvas
90cm x 90cm
£1,200

Lockdown Diet was created at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Easter fell within the brackets of lockdown and like many other people facing this situation, Emilia found herself turning to chocolate to keep her spirits high. This painting showcases the variety of recognisable textures and colours found within confectionary and its packaging. Forming a chaotic composition, your eye darts around the painting, discovering more the longer you look. Emilia wanted the piece to almost turn into a game where the viewer can identify the different bars and match them to their packaging thus bringing a bit of fun to a bad situation. Lockdown Diet is a painting that people of all ages can engage with and relate to a time where we were all in the same position


JacobTaylor Jacob Taylor
Clippity Clop and Prycopin
Acrylic
120cm x 100cm
NFS

I have a deep emotional connection to this painting as it is a homage to my late friend and art mentor. This illustrates one of his playful stories of dancing horses and spiders. By juxtaposing the narrative in a chaotic yet melancholic manner also creating a moody and hostile atmosphere. The painting is almost a warlike scene. As it is a reflection of my emotions through a journey in mourning of the loss of my friend. How I painted to my ever-changing emotions and allowed them to embody the work.