Derwent Art Prize 2020 - People’s Choice winners announce

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Derwent Art Prize 2020 - People’s Choice winners announce

People's Choice awards in the 2020 Derwent Art Prize.


Derwent proudly announce the winners of the Derwent Art Prize People’s Choice Awards.

Of the 4,756 entries submitted by 1,884 artists from 72 different countries, the Derwent Art Prize judges selected a shortlist of 70 pieces.  
To celebrate the number and the quality of artworks submitted for this year’s edition, and in support of artists during these unusually difficult months, Derwent’s increased the prize fund, awarding two People’s Choice Awards with a prize of £500 instead of one.  
The public were invited to vote for their favourites online and the two artists who will win a share of the £1,000 People’s Choice Awards have been selected as Faye Bridgwater and Oluwatobi Adewumi.

People’s Choice First Prize Winner: Faye Bridgwater, Studying Murmurations 

Brighton-based artist Faye Bridgwater is inspired by the Sussex landscape, from the pebbles and seagulls of Brighton beach to the rolling hills of the South Downs. Over the winter months, thousands of starlings visit Brighton and fly together over the sea between the piers. The artist created her winning work, Studying Murmurations, using pencil and graphite aquarelle to capture the birds’ energetic yet graceful movement in 140 studies.

Faye explains 'I hammered the pencil into the paper to create the clutters of birds. Sometimes the study is from a distance with the Murmurations strange shapes over the sea other times it’s right in the heart of the flock. This gives each little square its own unique feel but also conjures up the idea of storytelling or old slides flicking through, even the squares of an Instagram feed'.  

People’s Choice Second Prize Winner: Oluwatobi Adewumi, Doublesided 

Oluwatobi Adewumi is a Nigerian-born artist currently living and working in Arkansas, USA. Oluwatobi has had a lifelong interest in art and his current work is inspired by his own experience of living in both Nigeria and the USA. His practice examines the lives of different people, societies and cultures across the African continent and the role history plays on contemporary culture. Doublesided, a hyper-realistic drawing created with charcoal on paper, illustrates his belief that 'every face has a story to tell'. 
The 70 artworks shortlisted for the Derwent Art Prize 2020 exhibition reflect the wide scope of contemporary drawing, from spontaneous sketches to hyper-realistic renditions, from black pencil to multicolour. The exhibition of all 70 artworks is now available in a virtual exhibition.


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