Images: Tania Rivilis, ‘Kupka’s Dog’ (2022 prize winner) & ‘An Endless Summer Afternoon’ (2023 exhibition)
Hear from our 2022 & 23
William Lock Portrait Prize Winners:
Tania Rivilis & RP Saied Dai
…ahead of the 2024 annual exhibition
WINNER OF THE WILLIAM LOCK PORTRAIT PRIZE 2022
(Image from 2023 exhibition)
“I was absolutely thrilled to participate in the annual exhibition once again. A year ago, my work received a significant William Lock Award, which, of course, placed a responsibility on me to exhibit a piece that stands on par with the award-winning one. I was overjoyed when my work was selected for the exhibition, as it’s a tremendous honor and a chance to showcase my art in the heart of London at such a prestigious event, alongside fellow society members. I hope to apply for membership in the near future as it’s one of my dreams & a tremendous honour for any artist. The sense of belonging to a community of passionate artists & the chance to contribute to the art world in a more profound way is very appealing to me. However, even participating in these annual exhibitions provides an undeniable advantage & elevates an artist’s level. It not only influences the artist’s creative growth but also their personal development.
It has been a transformative journey since last year’s exhibition. The recognition & exposure I gained from the exhibition opened up new opportunities & connections in the art world. It motivated me to explore different techniques & push the boundaries of my creativity. Overall, it has been an inspiring & enriching experience that has had a positive impact on both my artistry and personal growth.”
SAIED DAI RP
WINNER OF THE WILLIAM LOCK PORTRAIT PRIZE 2023
“What is significant is that being a ‘prize winner’ does not imply that others have fallen short. If by chance and good fortune one falls on the right side of receiving an award, it is to be graciously welcomed and with thanks.
It will be of the utmost help in allowing an artist to continue with a little less hindrance and anxiety – giving the psychological space to incrementally develop, without the pressures from galleries and the necessity of sales.
Ultimately, one pursues excellence regardless, and prizes are a wonderful encouragement and generous affirmation from one’s peers.”