URBAN INFLUENCES REDEFINING WATERCOLOUR

Selected for the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition exhibition 2016, Speechless by William Grob and Remains Taunton by Michael Tarr both utilise cut and paste methodologies made popular by the hip-hop generation of the eighties and nineties.

William Grob paints on top of photographs, accentuating aspects of the image which he deems to be noticed. By integrating gouache into this process of re-appropriation, the artist underlines the enormous potential of water-based mediums for experimentation and use alongside/over the top of other materials (in this case photography). Simply by adding or reducing the amount of water mixed with paint, artists have the ability to control transparency levels, making watercolour, gouache and acrylic ideal for the creation of layered, post-modern compositions like Speechless. Reflecting on the hybrid of materials in his work, William Grob said that ‘photography holds as many lies as truths so by synthesising painting with my photographs, I project a visualisation that captures both the instant, and the immortal. The real and the surreal.’

Speechless by William Grob, selected for The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2016

Speechless by William Grob, selected for The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2016

Whilst Grob employs cut and paste techniques within his creative process, Michael Tarr documents cut and paste as a symptom of contemporary popular culture. In Remains Taunton, Tarr depicts a billboard layered with adverts; corners of posters curled over and elements torn away to reveal multiple images beneath. Much like James Rosenquist, Tarr seems to allude to the dizzying omnipresence of the consumer world.

Remains Taunton by Michael Tarr, selected for The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2016

Remains Taunton by Michael Tarr, selected for The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2016

Whether through process or subject matter, both William Grob and Michael Tarr have presented watercolour in a fresh and exciting light; providing a socio-political commentary and positioning watercolour painting within the wider contemporary and urban art landscape.

2016 Exhibitors Announced

We are delighted to announce that the following artists have all had work selected for the 2016 Sunday Times Watercolour Competition.  The standard of submissions this year was extremely high and the judges had a hard task, so our huge congratulations go to all those who have been selected.  We look forward to seeing the exhibition at the Mall Galleries in September.  The winners will be announced in the Sunday Times’ Culture Section in August.

Abel Jacqueline
Aldous Bob
Allen Roger
Austin Lucy
Bennett Terence
Bentley Raymond
Bhatia Varsha
Bird Christie
Boult Alison
Bowman Day
Bray Patricia
Brown Vincent
Burkitt Annette
Charalambous Sophie
Coode-Adams Ben
Crossley Yvonne
Darley Janet
de la hey Louise
di Masternak Agata
Doerr Joan
Elliott Richard
Elsmore Mark
Entwisle Mark
Evans Gethin
Goldberg Anne
Gracie Sarah
Graham Jenny
Grob William
Groucutt Gary
Hamilton David
Hannaford Elizabeth
Henderson David
Hornsby Nathaniel
Hunt Kate
Jacob Wendy
Jolley Emily
Judge James
Kenyon Janet
Knight Keith
Lawler Teresa
Lawrence Ron
Le Tissier Chloe
Leganovic Oona
Ling Zi
Lloyd-jones peter
Maple Kathryn
Maybank Hannah
Melrose Janet
Narbutt Sylwia
Newland Paul
Offord Robert
Orlowski Stefan John
Parfitt RI David A
Porter Sandra
Pratt Kerri
Rawlins Helen
Rees William
Roberts Fiona G.
Robertson Stuart
Ross Jenny
Ryan Denis
Stock Andrew
Stokes Jayne
Tarr Michael
Tuckwell Stephanie
Turvey Simon
Vohra Rosie
Walker Deborah
Westmancoat Deborah
Wilson Helen

Competition Result

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will be notifying all entrants of the 2016 competition with the results of the 1st round selection on Friday 24th June by 5pm. We apologise for this delay and do hope that this does not cause any inconvenience.

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The National Gallery – watercolour workshop

Enter The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition for the chance to win tickets to the National Gallery‘s plein-air watercolour workshop on 26 June. You can join artist Jo Lewis to develop your skills, experiment with colour mixing and explore the stunning floral displays in nearby Embankment Gardens. Submit your work here by 13 June to be entered into the prize draw, those who have already submitted to The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition will automatically be entered. Winners of the watercolour workshop tickets will be notified on 15 June and will collect their tickets from the National Gallery main desk at 10am on 26 June.

Jan van Os, Fruit and Flowers in a Terracotta Vase, (detail) 1777-8 © The National Gallery, London

Jan van Os, Fruit and Flowers in a Terracotta Vase, (detail) 1777-8 © The National Gallery, London

Discussing Watercolour: with Martha Kesley

Bath School of Art and Design student, Martha Kesley discusses the qualities of watercolour and why her choice of paper is so integral to the painting process. Here Martha uses St Cuthberts Mill Bockingford paper.

Filming took place at Bath School of Art and Design with paints provided by Daniel Smith Art Supplies.

Exploring Watercolour: with Martha Kesley

Bath School of Art & Design student Martha Kesley creates abstract forms in watercolour and discusses colour saturation, spontaneity and the visceral nature of paint. Here she uses St Cuthberts Mill Bockingford paper.

Filming took place at Bath School of Art and Design with paints provided by Daniel Smith Art Supplies.

Innovation in Watercolour: with Steve Burden

In collaboration with British paper manufacturers St Cuthberts Mill, we have produced a series of short films exploring the diverse medium of watercolour. Here artist Steve Burden creates expressive watercolour paintings evocative of his experience growing up on the Pepys Estate in Deptford. 

Filming took place at Bath School of Art and Design; paints were provided by Daniel Smith Art Supplies.