finalists FOR 2023/2024
20-year-old London-based creative prodigy, Freddie Peacock, is the latest young talent to breakthrough the London scene, honoring his skills as a contemporary artist and designer. Originally heavily focused on portraiture as a painter, Peacock expanded his horizons to both landscapes and timeless statement pieces, with the aim of showing his audience that he is talented in more than one field. A remarkable career so far has been recognised by numerous brands, musicians and media outlets on a worldwide scale. Notably, by Instagram,
Hannah Thomas is an abstract painter, currently based in Wiltshire, UK. She attended the University of the West of England in Bristol graduating with a BA hons in Art and Visual Culture, going on to pursue a career as a photographer, primarily working in the music sector, in London.
In 2019 she chose to transition over to painting, in pursuit of a creative medium with far greater autonomy and creative control and one which allowed her to work with greater tactility and immediacy. She is currently working out of her studio in Bradford on Avon and is participating in the correspondence course with Turps Art School in September.
Based in Suffolk in the UK, Karen is an award-winning figure and portrait artist whose oil paintings are a commentary on the weight of expectations. Focusing on the physical body and the scrutiny to which it is commonly subjected, Karen’s paintings explore what society expects of a woman, the ways in which a woman’s shape is often considered to define her, and the impact that this has on her life and sense of self.
Born in London in 1978, Karen attended Hampstead Fine Arts College before going on to a career in the City. Since returning to art in 2020 she has been awarded the President’s Prize by the Institute of East Anglian Artists, the Professional Artist Award by the Visual Artists Association and the Art Fluent Evolution Grant.
Richard was born in Burton On Trent and wanted to be an Artist from an early age, as he was born with a fast moving creative mind that loves to produce Art. However, becoming an Artist as a career was not advised back in the 1980/90’s, and he was advised to “get a proper job.” After University Richard worked in the City, Digital Advertising and Consulting.
Then in 2018 he started painting again. He soon took oil painting seriously and trained in Portraiture at Heatherley’s in Chelsea, where he learned classical techniques and finished in 2021. He did a series of paintings, with a nod to Hogarth, on social life in London today and then a series on Soho.
I started drawing and painting as a child and am entirely self-taught. Although self-taught, I have honed my skills through years of dedicated practice, experimentation, and a genuine passion for artistic expression. The majority of my work is oil and acrylic + collage on canvas, I tend to create chaotic and humorous scenes that depict vibrant and surreal landscapes, with references to religion, fairytales and sci-fi. I have produced a series of paintings which began with an interest in painting the sun and the moon; the rest of the matter naturally building itself up around that.
I find myself constantly people watching, often observing the complete lack of awareness people have of their surroundings; the disconnect of humanity in this technologically minded fast paced culture; the vulnerability, humanity and stories often overlooked.
Working with large scale steel and using traditional oil painting techniques in combination with tattooing into the paint and metal allows me to explore these observations in a bold, confronting, and intimate way. I aim to capture what it feels like to be alive in the 21st Century and invite viewers to join me in considering our own perceptions and experience of ourselves and the world around us.
Neil Watson, an emerging artist from Bristol, captivates viewers with his fresh perspective on urban landscapes. Drawing inspiration from the vivacious street art scenes and the dynamic energy of the South West, Neil's artistic focus infuses life into his canvases. Using oil as his chosen medium, Neil skill fully weaves his creative expression, embodying influences reminiscent of Edward Hopper's style. A self-taught artist, Neil reignited his passion for painting during lockdown, rekindling his artistic journey that began back in his school days.