The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2016 Winners

Smith & Williamson Cityscape prize winner -Janet Kenyon
Janet Kenyon, Gridlock (Manhattan)

Janet Kenyon has received an impressive number of accolades, including winner of the prestigious Royal Watercolour Society/Sunday Times/Smith & Williamson Cityscape Prize in 2009 and the Regional Laing Watercolour Competition, while still a student. Born and brought up in Bolton, Lancashire in 1959. In 1975 she studied for two years at Bolton College of Art & Design. In 1977 she moved away from Bolton to study at Leeds Polytechnic and later gained a B.A. Hons. in Graphic Design. It was here she began to experiment in watercolour and ever since as continued to push the boundaries of this very difficult but exciting medium.

"My inspiration for painting Gridlock (Manhattan), was after a recent trip to New York, whilst viewing the City from The One World trade Centre, I was taken by the shear expanse of buildings all concentrated into a relatively small area. The way the light and shade played on the structures, all fighting for space, organised, yet chaotic, caught in a gridlock with the only option left but to climb ever more vertical.” Janet Kenyon

First prize winner - Kathryn Maple
Kathryn Maple, Sandy Shoes

Kathryn Maple studied B.A. Fine Art Printmaking at the University of Brighton (2009-11), and graduated from The Prince’s Drawing School Postgraduate Programme in December 2013. Her work has featured in numerous exhibitions including a solo show at The Muse Gallery, London and as part of the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013, at Jerwood Space, London. Kathryn continues to draw and paint in a live/work space in Erno Goldfinger’s iconic Balfron Tower. Maple has held residencies at Dumfries House and The Muse Gallery and previously won the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition in 2014.

“Palm trees and banana plants tower over and cascade like waterfalls. The tumbling of all the fauna against the manmade provide an interesting backdrop. I have always been interested in interior/exterior places - and parts of India really feel like a green house waiting to explode. Sandy Shoes, looks at the filtered shapes and vibrant colours I experienced in the Vypin Islands.” Kathryn Maple

Second prize winner - Chloe Le Tissier

Chloe Le Tissier, Never Alone

Chloe Le Tissier moved to London in 2002 to study at the Slade School of Fine Art, where she specialised in painting. In 2010 she was offered a place on The Drawing Year and in 2012 she was a Threadneedle Prize finalist. She undertook the Royal Drawing School's International Teaching and Art Residency at the Institute of Fine Arts Modinigar in India, and has alongside Martin Creed, Mark Wallinger, George Shaw and Richard Long at the Crisis Commission 2014.

“My practice is playful as I seek a moment where the paint takes over and something unexpected happens. I work from life as well as from photographs, fabric and the memory of a place. The process of painting and creating a composition is as important to me as the choice of subject matter. Delicately building a sense of depth, colour and light, I use the surprisingly robust nature of watercolour to create tension across the page, loading the brush and layering. This in turn reveals the imagery; the pulsating rhythm of a woodland or the flow of water leading to a man clothed only in shadows, on which our gaze falls.” Chloe Le Tissier

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