Ruth Stage has been announced as the winner of the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2013 for her work The Isabella Plantation. At a ceremony yesterday evening she was awarded the £15,000 prize money and an engraved gold medal, presented to her by author, broadcaster and former MP Gyles Brandeth.

The Young Artist Award of £2,500 was given to John Hainsworth who has three works exhibited in the show at The Mall Galleries, London: Memories of Malevich III, Ode to Doig II and Skyfall. Runner up prizes consisting of £1,500 were each awarded to Robert Dukes for Allsorts; Jennifer McRae for Hospitalfield House: Sonya Sleeping; Danny Markey for Town at night; Cherry Pickles for My Sullen Art: Self portrait as Dylan Thomas; and George Rowlett for Advancing blue, yellow barges, Thames Barrier, early afternoon.

Now in its eighth year, the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize is an open submissions competition with awards totalling £25,000 designed to ‘encourage creative representational painting and promote the skill of draughtsmanship’.

From more than one thousand entries the panel of selectors, consisting of artist Ken Howard, writer and critic for The Spectator Andrew Lambirth, artist Nina Murdoch, artist and Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2012 winner Anthony Williams and Andrew Wilton, visiting Research Fellow at Tate Britain, selected 87 works from 72 artists.

The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2013, 19 February – 2 March, Mall Galleries, London.

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