Winner of Mourant Prize announced
The Mourant Prize ’09 – Artist of the Year is embroiderer Sue Hotchkis.
Sue’s ‘A Beach with a View’ – a stunning textile depicting Fort Grey - was part of a 12-piece exhibition held at Guernsey Airport over the festive period. The final 12 were selected by a panel of local art lovers from a variety of pieces entered by islanders from all artistic backgrounds. The public were then invited to vote for their favourite piece – the artist of which wins £1,000.
Sue was an outright winner receiving more than a quarter of the votes cast. In second place was David Gilliver and his photograph Electric Vazon and in third, Isaac Lythgoe’s painting of cows, Gwithian.
‘It was such a lovely surprise to win and a great start to my year. I could not have asked for more, I am just so pleased people liked it,’ said Sue.
Darren Bacon of sponsor Mourant Guernsey was also one of the judges. He was delighted that Sue, who was a finalist in 2008, had received the award this time round.
‘The level of detail, work and talent that Sue had put into this piece showed what a truly deserving winner she is. It is this level of artistry that makes the Mourant Prize such a successful competition and a focal point for Airport travellers and art lovers over the Christmas period.’
Sue’s piece received dozens of comments including:
‘So different but of such a well-known and popular Guernsey place. I love it. Thank you.’
‘One embroiderer to another, FANTASTIC and BEAUTIFUL, Keep up the good work.’
‘Fantastic, never seen anything like this before. Do more!’
Each of the final 12 will receive a selection of the comments made by the public who voted for them.
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