Over 80 works by 71 artists have been selected for The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2013 exhibition taking place at Mall Galleries, London, from 19 February. The competition, now in its eighth year, encourages creative representational painting and promotes the skill of draughtsmanship. Sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers and The Lynn Foundation, the prize boasts awards totalling £25,000.

Included in the shortlist are a-n+AIR members Rachel Ross, who paints intriguing collections of everyday and sometimes found objects, and Hayley Harrison, whose long-running Artists talking blog looked what at being an artist means.

Ross, who was a runner up in the 2012 prize for her work Silver Spoons, said: “I was delighted to be selected last year and to be a runner-up was an added boost. It was great exposure, raised my profile and generated a lot of interest in my work. The quality of work in the 2012 exhibition was very high and I am so pleased to be a part of it again this year.

“The work I submitted this year is a change of direction. Some time ago, I did a small painting of washed up fragments of china and glass collected at a beach. I wanted to develop this idea further and the competition gave me the chance to do this.”

Describing her selected work, Familiar, Harrison said: “I was drawn to the conflict of light and dark, and the seduction of that darkness. I wanted the viewer to feel the physicality of that space. I am interested in how we recognise ourselves in the quiet moments that surround objects and place.”

Other AIR members selected for exhibition are Jeanette Barnes, Julia Colmenares, Paul Curtis, Daniel Preece, George Rowlett and Helen Slater.

This year’s panel of judges are: Ken Howard RA NEAC, artist; Andrew Lambirth, writer and critic for The Spectator; Nina Murdoch, artist; Antony Williams, artist and Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize winner 2012; and Andrew Wilton, visiting Research Fellow at Tate Britain. The 83 selected works were chosen from over 1,000 entries. Awards will be announced at a ceremony on 18 February.

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

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